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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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 For his accomplishments, Strand has been named the 2019 Gatorade Alabama Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Josh Bean |, al, "Vestavia Hills state champ named state’s No. 1 boys cross country runner," 10 Feb. 2020 Beethoven, apparently full of respect for their accomplishment, waited until his late 20s to take on the form, accepting a commission for the Op. Daniel J. Wakin, New York Times, "17 Works, 9 Hours, 10 Days: My Beethoven Quartet Marathon," 4 Feb. 2020 The program recognizes top graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and service to school and community. cleveland, "Teen Volunteer & Job Fair seeks local businesses, organizations: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 31 Jan. 2020 Watt has established himself as a future Hall of Famer for his accomplishments on the field. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Wisconsin Badgers star and Houston Texans All-Pro J.J. Watt is hosting 'Saturday Night Live'," 21 Jan. 2020 Simmons became the 233rd player (and 19th catcher) elected for his accomplishments in the major leagues. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, "Led by Derek Jeter, the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame class could be a Michigan block party," 19 Jan. 2020 Those are substantial accomplishments for first-of-their-kind robots made out of a mishmash of cells. Kat Eschner, Popular Science, "These tiny living robots could help science eavesdrop on cellular gossip," 17 Jan. 2020 Mack's quick to share praise for his accomplishments not just with his offensive line, but with his receivers and tight ends as well. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Marlon Mack's patience pays off; becomes seventh 1,000-yard rusher in Indy Colts' history," 22 Dec. 2019 Brock eventually learned to set goals, express interest in opportunities, and to not be shy about taking credit for accomplishments. Houston Chronicle, "A seat at the table: GHWCC is empowering women," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accomplishment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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