If you achieve something, you've reached a goal. Achievements aren't accidents. If you stumble upon a treasure chest, you haven't achieved something; however, achieving a promotion to become CEO is another story.

If someone asks you to give an example of the word achieve, you can always reach for Shakespeare's much quoted remark from his play Twelfth Night. In Act II, Scene V, the character Malvolio says, ". . . some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." Pundits like to throw that quote around when talking about politicians. Of course, they usually disagree about if, when, and how the politician achieved greatness.

Definitions of achieve
  1. verb
    gain with effort
    “she achieved her goal despite setbacks”
    synonyms: accomplish, attain, reach
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    get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance
    get to, make, progress to, reach
    reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"
    achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative
    come to, strike
    reach the highest or most decisive point
    bring about; accomplish
    achieve or reach on average
    finagle, manage, wangle, wrangle
    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
    achieve a certain score or rating on a test
    type of:
    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  2. verb
    cause to happen, occur, or exist
    synonyms: beget, bring about, give rise, produce
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    induce, induct
    produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
    lead, leave, result
    have as a result or residue
    tend to or result in
    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
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