(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. accomplish, attain, reach. See completion. Ant., fail.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To succeed in carrying out]
Syn. complete, end, terminate, conclude, finish, finish up, finish off, do, perform, execute, fulfill, consummate, perfect, cap, carry off, carry out, carry through, turn out, bring about, bring off, make happen, settle, effect, bring to an end, bring to a conclusion, close, stop, encompass, produce, realize, effectuate, actualize, discharge, make work out, wind up, work out, adjust, resolve, solve, accomplish, dispose of, dispatch, make an end of, enact, manage, contrive, negotiate, sign, seal, bring to pass, do the job, have effect, see to, see it through, get done, close up, put the lid on, carry to completion, follow through, take measures, deliver, knock off*, fill the bill*, round out*, come through*, polish off*, score*, clean up*, mop up*, put across*, pull off*, swing*, hack it*, make short work of*, do up brown*, put through*, go whole hog*, go all the way*, go the limit*, sew up*, button up*, do oneself proud*, call it a day*, put the finishing touch on*, do the trick*, turn the trick*, wrap up*; see also perform 1 .
Ant. abandon*, fail, give up.
2. [To reach a goal]
Syn. accomplish, attain, reach, gain, succeed (in), realize, obtain, gain one's end, make it*; see also sense 1, succeed 1 .
Syn.- achieve suggests exertion and the use of skill in reaching or getting something [ we've achieved a Great victory ] ; attain adds an implication of being goaded on by Great ambition to gain an end regarded as beyond the reach of most people [ she has attained Great fame in her profession ] ; accomplish implies success in completing a set task [ to accomplish an end ] ; gain suggests the exertion of considerable effort to reach some goal [ they gained the top of the hill ] See also Synonym Study at perform .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
accomplish, realize, do, attain, complete, bring about, effect, produce, carry off, succeed, consummate, actualize, follow through, engineer, *pull off, *swing, score, winone.
ANT.: fail, fall short, *blowit, *choke, quit
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To succeed in doing: accomplish, attain, gain, reach, realize. Slang: score. See DO.

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