Done vs Achieved - What's the difference?

done | achieved |

As verbs the difference between done and achieved

is that done is while achieved is (achieve).




(en adjective)
  • (of food) Ready, fully cooked.
  • As soon as the potatoes are done we can sit down and eat.
  • In a state of having completed or finished an activity.
  • He pushed his empty plate away, sighed and pronounced "I am done ."
    They were done playing and were picking up the toys when he arrived.
  • Being exhausted or fully spent.
  • When the water is done we will only be able to go on for a few days.
  • Without hope or prospect of completion or success.
  • He is done , after three falls there is no chance he will be able to finish.
  • Fashionable, socially acceptable, tasteful.
  • I can't believe he just walked up and spoke to her like that, those kind of things just aren't done !
    What is the done thing these days? I can't keep up!

    Derived terms

    * be done for * be done with it * done deal * get done for * overdone * well done


  • I have ''done'' my work.
  • (African American Vernacular English, Southern American English, auxiliary verb, taking a past tense) Used in forming the perfective aspect.
  • I done did my best to raise y'all.






  • (achieve)

  • achieve


    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete )


  • To succeed in something, now especially in academic performance.
  • To carry out successfully; to accomplish.
  • * I. Taylor
  • Supposing faculties and powers to be the same, far more may be achieved in any line by the aid of a capital, invigorating motive than without it.
  • (obsolete) To conclude, finish, especially successfully.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , III.1:
  • Full many Countreyes they did overronne, / From the uprising to the setting Sunne, / And many hard adventures did atchieve [...].
  • To obtain, or gain (a desired result, objective etc.), as the result of exertion; to succeed in gaining; to win.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2013, date=January 22, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (3-4) , passage=Bradford may have lost on the night but they stubbornly protected a 3-1 first-leg advantage to emulate a feat last achieved by Rochdale in 1962.}}
  • * (William Shakespeare), (Twelfth Night), II-v
  • Some are born great, some achieve greatness.
  • *
  • Thou hast achieved our liberty.
  • (obsolete) To conclude, to turn out.
  • * Prior
  • Show all the spoils by valiant kings achieved .
  • * (William Shakespeare), (Othello), II-i
  • He hath achieved a maid / That paragons description.


    * accomplish, effect, fulfil, fulfill, complete, execute, perform, realize, obtain. See accomplish

    Derived terms

    * achievement * achiever