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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Jacobs became the first player with 100 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in his first NFL game since Tomlinson launched his Pro Football Hall of Fame career with that accomplishment in 2001. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Josh Jacobs duplicates Hall of Famer in NFL debut," 10 Sep. 2019 Later in the afternoon, a small crowd at the Lila Cockrell Theatre celebrated her life and accomplishments with speakers’ remarks interspersed with music from the San Antonio Symphony, the Moipei Triplets and Henry Brun. Richard A. Marini,, "San Antonians gather to memorialize legacy of ‘transformational’ Lila Cockrell," 5 Sep. 2019 TPNGetty Images Serena Williams, greatest athlete of all time, winner of 23 Grand Slams, has an awful lot of accomplishments. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams' Tribute to Daughter Olympia, Who Just Turned Two, Will Make You Emotional," 2 Sep. 2019 Sharing that accomplishment with the community that helped forge him — Powell first honed his skills across the 805-freeway from Lincoln on the courts of the Jackie Robinson YMCA — was what Thursday was all about. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Raptors’ Norman Powell returns to San Diego as NBA champion," 1 Aug. 2019 That accomplishment somehow hurts some of the best teams (like France) moving forward. Laken Litman,, "Rapinoe, USA Emerge From France Circus on Doubly Brutal Day for World Cup Hosts," 28 June 2019 That accomplishment became official on Monday night at the NBA Awards in Santa Monica, California, where Antetokounmpo – surrounded by his family – took home the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo earns NBA's MVP," 24 June 2019 Gaga responded to the accomplishment with heartfelt posts on social media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Had the Sweetest Reaction When She and Bradley Cooper Topped the Billboard Chart," 6 Mar. 2019 What did that accomplishment mean to you at the time? Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "50 Years After Winning Olympic Gold, Madeline Manning Mims Reflects on Her History-Making Moment," 16 Oct. 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 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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