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


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



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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

These were significant accomplishments for Brian Kelly and his program after going 4-8 one season prior. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Best- and worst-case scenarios for Notre Dame football in 2018," 2 July 2018 While Freeman’s professional accomplishments have been well documented, the celebration was also an opportunity to acknowledge his personal successes as a devoted father and husband. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "TSU debate coach’s legacy celebrated at his 99th birthday party," 1 July 2018 Of course seeing Brett and his beautiful family and thinking back on his many years of accomplishment. Fox News, "Leonard Leo on why Trump appointed Judge Kavanaugh," 10 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, Houston Chronicle, "Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave," 10 July 2018 His long record of progressive accomplishment is irrefutable. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Cynthia Nixon’s Campaign Against White Privilege," 28 June 2018 Among her accomplishments there are growing the company’s subscriber base, which bucks the trend for theaters nationwide. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jennifer Bielstein to be ACT’s next executive director," 5 June 2018 That arc of accomplishment is precisely why many people pay hefty fees at boutique studios instead of exercising at traditional gyms. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Working Out Is Hard. Streaming Just Might Make It Easier," 31 May 2018 The thrill remains strong as ever for Carmel’s Lily Sykes and the sense of accomplishment has only deepened over time. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Lake County News-Sun, "Back for more: Lily Sykes aims to help Carmel girls soccer return to state finals," 27 May 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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The first known use of accomplishment was in the 15th century

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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 \

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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a state of commotion or excitement

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