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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Park's bio also lists several other accomplishments, including his positions as a research assistant at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and the managing editor of the Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Rhodes Scholarship Awarded to DACA Recipient for the First Time Ever in 2018," 19 Nov. 2018 The win by Democrat Tony Evers gives his party a chance to undo some of Walker’s accomplishments, including a strict voter ID law and the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for public workers. David A. Lieb, The Seattle Times, "Democrats gain governors’ seats, but GOP holds some states," 7 Nov. 2018 Media and platforms as well as advertisers need to work together to build new business models based on value, on relationships, on accomplishment, on quality, on openness. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter finally draws a line on extremism," 14 Aug. 2018 More than any other accomplishment, including the passage of the GOP's tax cuts, the remaking of the judiciary is fast becoming the cornerstone of the Republican leader's legacy. CBS News, "Man on a mission: Mitch McConnell's effort to reshape the courts," 7 July 2018 Nataf noted that Schuh has governed without scandal and can point to accomplishments, such as slightly lowering taxes and taking visible steps on opioids, and opening fire and police stations to people seeking treatment. Pamela Wood,, "Primary behind them, Schuh and Pittman focus on matchup in county executive race," 6 July 2018 According to a news release, the winners are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Elaine Rooker Jack, The Courier-Journal, "11 students from Kentucky, Indiana win National Merit Scholarships," 6 July 2018 Fans who never saw them play for their clubs know of Pele and Maradona's accomplishments every four years at the global tournament. Ronald Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles," 30 June 2018 That uniformity of market movement, with individual technical or business accomplishments failing to decouple blockchain projects’ token prices, is another sign of just how nascent the market is. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Bitcoin Hits New 2018 Low Amid Shaken Investor Confidence," 24 June 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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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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