What is the right verb for "a free society"? (Achieve, reach, arrive at, gain, etc.?)
Thanks a lot.
Do you mean: What sort of verb is appropriate in a context like:
"One day we hope to_______ a free society."?
If so, I don't think any of the verbs you suggest really fits. (Although if you used "attain" your meaning would certainly come across clearly.)
It's a problem of collocation I suppose: we don't generally use "a free society" as the object of a "goal-seeking" verb like the ones you suggest.
What about: "One day we hope to live in a free society."?
Or, if you want to stress the idea of working toward or fighting for such a society you could say:
"One day we hope to build a free society," or even, "One day we hope to have finished the job of building a free society."