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verb achieve pronunciation in British English /əˈtʃiːv/
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present tense
present participleachieving
past tenseachieved
past participleachieved
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  1. [transitive] to succeed in doing or having what you planned or intended, usually after a lot of effort
    The Republic of Tunisia achieved independence from France in 1957.
    the first signs that a breakthrough had been achieved
    We have achieved what we set out to do.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be successful by being determined or working hard
      Many managers are driven by a desire to achieve.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to succeed in becoming popular, famous, or successful, especially after a long time or after a lot of effort
      actors who achieve fame and fortune in Hollywood
      His paintings did not achieve the popularity of his books.

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 achieve pronunciation in British English adjective


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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