accomplishment

noun
ac·​com·​plish·​ment | \ ə-ˈkäm-plish-mənt , -ˈkəm- \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for accomplishment

Synonyms

achievement, acquirement, attainment, baby, coup, success, triumph

Antonyms

nonachievement

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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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You, the ideal man, to win and retain your love would be the height of accomplishment. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 That kind of accomplishment could be a game changer for a company that dragged its feet in giving a black superhero a solo movie. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "2018 belonged to Black Panther. And it could change Marvel’s future.," 11 Dec. 2018 Ultimately, Battlefield is still rock-paper-scissors with explosions — something with exciting moments, but no sense of accomplishment. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "Battlefield V’s single-player stories are the right way to do war games," 20 Nov. 2018 This record of accomplishment, and the reality that the economy is working for more Americans, is what may tempt voters to give the GOP another chance. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Consequential Congress," 1 Nov. 2018 Along with a sense of accomplishment, Schultz said his 99 triathlons have provided him with more than a few subjects for homilies. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Mass start: Schiller Park priest set to compete in 100th triathlon," 11 July 2018 That sense of accomplishment was also reflected in the message posted Monday night on the Thai Navy SEALS’s Facebook page announcing the latest rescues. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Four boys have been rescued from Thai cave," 9 July 2018 Never mind that our emotional oases in the desert of separation are filled with joy and pride of accomplishment. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Separation can be a good thing, for both parent and offspring | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 This entire issue offers a glimpse into a larger, more sinister problem in Hollywood, the media and our country alike: the consistent dismissal of the accomplishments of women of color—especially plus-size women of color. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "Rebel Wilson, Your Rom-Com Comments Erased Plus-Size Women of Color," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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accomplishment

noun

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

accomplishment

noun
ac·​com·​plish·​ment | \ ə-ˈkäm-plish-mənt \

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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