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 Trump is wrapping up his four years in office with a final trip to the southern border Tuesday, where he is expected to tout his accomplishment of putting up a wall. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Trump to exit with key promise unfulfilled: 1,000-mile border wall unfinished and Mexico didn't pay," 12 Jan. 2021 Their accomplishment won runner-up recognition in Science’s 2013 Breakthrough of the Year, and their work carved the way for new RSV vaccines that are showing great promise, Graham says. Daniel Wrapp, Science, "They spent 12 years solving a puzzle. It yielded the first COVID-19 vaccines.," 31 Dec. 2020 Her gender-breaking accomplishment was a glimmer of inspiration amid the darkness of a pandemic. John Marshall, ajc, "Amid anguish of pandemic, sports offered memorable moments," 25 Dec. 2020 My biggest accomplishment of the year was a bloody mess. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Year of Ambitious TV Watching," 17 Dec. 2020 His most notable accomplishment is raising the funds for significant facility upgrades, including the $110 million renovation of Welsh-Ryan Arena and the construction of the $270 million Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center on the lakefront. Shannon Ryan,, "Jim Phillips, Northwestern’s athletic director, is expected to be offered the ACC commissioner job, a report says," 13 Dec. 2020 Their big accomplishment came in 2012 when then-President Barack Obama started DACA through an executive measure. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Will DACA survive the litigation roller coaster?," 11 Dec. 2020 The sting of defeat shouldn’t lessen their accomplishment in making it that far. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Playoff heartbreak truly makes Minnesota United 'one of us'," 8 Dec. 2020 It’s his proudest accomplishment from his first full season in Orlando. Roy Parry,, "Magic guard Markelle Fultz relishes being healthy, eager to raise his play in ’20-’21," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Accomplishment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 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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