To Achi'eve. v.a. [achever, Fr. to complete.]
- To perform, to finish a design propserously.
Our toils, my friends, are crown'd with sure success:
The greater part perform'd, achieve the less. Dryd. Æneid.
- To gain, to obtain.
Experience is by industry achiev'd,
And perfected by the swift course of time. Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,
If I achieve not this young modest girl. Shakespeare's Taming the Shrew.
Thou hast achiev'd our liberty, confin'd
Within hell-gates till now. Milton's Par. Lost, b. ii. l. 368.
Show all the spoils by valiant kings achiev'd,
And groaning nations by their arms reliev'd. Prior.