achieve


achieve
achieve (v.) early 14c., from O.Fr. achever (12c.) "to finish, accomplish, complete," from phrase à chef (venir) "at an end, finished," or V.L. *accapare, from L.L. ad caput (venire); both the French and Late Latin phrases meaning lit. "to come to a head," from stem of L. caput "head" (see HEAD (Cf. head)). Related: Achieved; achieving.
The Lat. caput, towards the end of the Empire, and in Merov[ingian] times, took the sense of an end, whence the phrase ad caput venire, in the sense of to come to an end .... Venire ad caput naturally produced the Fr. phrase venir à chef = venir à bout. ... From this chief, O.Fr. form of chef (q.v.) in sense of term, end, comes the Fr. compd. achever = venir à chef, to end, finish. [Auguste Brachet, "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]

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