ac·​com·​plish·​ment ə-ˈkäm-plish-mənt How to pronounce accomplishment (audio) -ˈkəm- How to pronounce accomplishment (audio)
: the act or fact of accomplishing something : completion
accomplishment of a goal
a feeling of accomplishment
: something that has been accomplished : achievement
Her family is proud of her academic accomplishments.
an impressive accomplishment
: a quality or ability equipping one for society
: a special skill or ability acquired by training or practice
Her knowledge of foreign languages is one of her many accomplishments.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Wayne told students that one of his proudest accomplishments in the legislature was seeing one of his first bills signed into law. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 This will certainly be a political and policy accomplishment–and sticker prices will be lower. Bob Kocher, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 With kindness and respect, people can take greater risks and push for accomplishment, knowing others care and have their backs. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Indeed, the department’s list of accomplishments is impressive for an agency that less than a decade ago was so mired in scandal over the coverup on long veterans’ health care wait times and foul treatment of whistleblowers that former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in 2014. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 Cruz celebrates the tremendous advancements in cancer research since her friend's diagnosis over thirty years ago while emphasizing the ongoing potential for even greater accomplishments ahead. Maia Torres, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2023 On June 30, the mom of three shared a series of Instagram posts in celebration of her son’s accomplishment, which included a carousel of the commencement booklet, a photo of Langdon on stage and a copy of her son’s diploma. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 He's used Democrats' slim majority in the Senate to secure major concessions from the Biden administration on some of its legislative accomplishments, including government spending. Rachel Scott, ABC News, 9 Nov. 2023 The Sweetgreen collaboration is the latest pivotal career move in her long list of business accomplishments which includes a portfolio of real estate properties, a nail salon, fitness brand, acting roles, tour residuals, merchandising, and a production company. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English accomplisshment, borrowed from Anglo-French accomplissement, from acompliss-, stem of acomplir "to accomplish" + -ment -ment

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of accomplishment was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Accomplishment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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ac·​com·​plish·​ment ə-ˈkäm-plish-mənt How to pronounce accomplishment (audio) -ˈkəm- How to pronounce accomplishment (audio)
: the act of accomplishing : completion
: something accomplished : achievement
: an ability, social quality, or skill gained through training or practice

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