ac·​com·​plish·​ment | \ ə-ˈkäm-plish-mənt How to pronounce accomplishment (audio) , -ˈkəm- How to pronounce accomplishment (audio) \

Definition of accomplishment

1 : the act or fact of accomplishing something : completion accomplishment of a goal a feeling of accomplishment
2 : something that has been accomplished : achievement Her family is proud of her academic accomplishments. an impressive accomplishment
3a : a quality or ability equipping one for society
b : a special skill or ability acquired by training or practice Her knowledge of foreign languages is one of her many accomplishments.

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Examples of accomplishment in a Sentence

Her family is proud of all her academic accomplishments. one of the greatest scientific accomplishments of the century We celebrated the accomplishment of all our goals. Her knowledge of foreign languages is among her many accomplishments.
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Recent Examples on the Web Spending time with a hobby can provide more than pleasure and a sense of accomplishment. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Many longtime volunteers, already saddened by White’s death, are upset about losing the annual count, too — the camaraderie, the sense of accomplishment, the uninterrupted 50 years of data collection. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2021 But, there is something life-affirming in a sense of accomplishment. Rina Koshkina, Forbes, 28 June 2021 These conspicuous displays of accomplishment read to me now as karmic winks at all the critics who disdained her. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 26 June 2021 There's also a grander sense of accomplishment gained from governing to guide local destiny. Dana Kelley, Arkansas Online, 25 June 2021 Some users replied by complaining the feature took the difficulty and sense of accomplishment out of the game. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Completing a simple, impactful task can build toward a sense of accomplishment. New York Times, 4 May 2021 But that’s just another accomplishment the Fuel could check off their growing list. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 10 July 2021

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First Known Use of accomplishment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accomplishment

Middle English accomplisshment, borrowed from Anglo-French accomplissement, from acompliss-, stem of acomplir "to accomplish" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of accomplishment was in the 15th century

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29 Jul 2021

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“Accomplishment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accomplishment

: something done, achieved, or accomplished successfully
: the successful completion of something : the act of accomplishing something
: a special skill or ability gained by practice or training


ac·​com·​plish·​ment | \ ə-ˈkäm-plish-mənt How to pronounce accomplishment (audio) \

Kids Definition of accomplishment

1 : the act of successfully doing or reaching
2 : something successfully done or reached especially through effort
3 : an ability or skill gained by practice or training

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