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To Achi'eve. v.a. [achever, Fr. to complete.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71) · Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona (41)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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