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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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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Despite his prior accomplishments, his first dabbles outside of the Madrid bubble were unsuccessful., "Rafa Benitez: The Conqueror of La Liga Who Masterminded That Comeback in Istanbul," 1 July 2019 Bowe played basketball for the Owls, but is more known for her skating accomplishments representing the United States. David Furones,, "Howard Schnellenberger, Alfred Morris headline FAU’s 2019 Hall of Fame class," 1 July 2019 There isn’t enough room in this column to catalog her accomplishments but one of my favorites is during her dramatic tenure as a Cuyahoga County judge. Andrea Simakis,, "Before RBG, a Cleveland judge made history; it’s time to recognize Unstoppable Florence Allen: Andrea Simakis," 30 June 2019 As a student at Lancing College and Cambridge University he was celebrated for his athletic accomplishments. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Peter Ball, Anglican Bishop Jailed for Sex Abuse, Dies at 87," 27 June 2019 Amy Klobuchar was put out by Jay Inslee, who had bragged of his accomplishments on reproductive rights while women with deep résumés on the issue stood onstage. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Opportunities and Chaos of the Democratic Debates," 27 June 2019 Her accomplishments certainly are Herculean: At the 2019 World Games, hosted in Abu Dhabi in March, the five-foot-tall athlete deadlifted a seriously impressive 254 pounds, bench pressed 138, and squatted 182. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Angel Athenas Became One of the Strongest Special Olympics Powerlifters in the World," 26 June 2019 In the 19th century, the typical celebrity was a mature man venerated for his professional accomplishments. Sharon Marcus, Time, "Even the Internet Hasn’t Really Changed How Being Famous Works. Here’s Why," 25 June 2019 By that time the shaky couple was long gone, no doubt still high-fiving themselves about their awesome hiking accomplishment. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 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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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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