To achieve more or at a higher level of quality than what was expected.
Syn: overperform, punch above ones weight

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  • overachieve — intransitive verb see overachiever …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • overachieve — overachievement, n. overachiever, n. /oh veuhr euh cheev /, v.i., overachieved, overachieving. 1. to perform, esp. academically, above the potential indicated by tests of one s mental ability or aptitude. 2. to perform better or achieve more than …   Universalium

  • overachieve — v. accomplish more than expected …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overachieve — verb do better than expected, especially at school. Derivatives overachievement noun overachiever noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • overachieve — o•ver•a•chieve [[t]ˌoʊ vər əˈtʃiv[/t]] v. i. chieved, chiev•ing cvb to perform better or achieve more than is usual or expected • Etymology: 1950–55 o ver•a•chieve′ment, n …   From formal English to slang

  • overachieve — v. 1 intr. do more than might be expected (esp. scholastically). 2 tr. achieve more than (an expected goal or objective etc.). Derivatives: overachievement n. overachiever n …   Useful english dictionary

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