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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Recent Examples on the Web

Jennifer Lopez might be adding another accomplishment to her ever-growing list very soon. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Is Jennifer Lopez going to be the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show performer?," 11 Sep. 2019 Question: My company has stopped recognizing employee birthdays and other life accomplishments. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Employee recognition a vital part of workplace culture: Ask HR," 10 Sep. 2019 Barstool Sports founder and Twitter bully Dave Portnoy manufactured another controversy to try to ruin a college student’s accomplishment for clicks. Shannon Ryan,, "Column: Notre Dame’s mascots are breaking barriers. They should be celebrated — not trolled.," 10 Sep. 2019 With the expedition approaching its final leg, the emotional highs of the early accomplishments had faded and left a slight sense of regret. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 During this tournament, Medvedev’s sometimes-hostile interactions with the New York crowd have often overshadowed his on-court accomplishments. Van Sias, The Atlantic, "Grigor Dimitrov Takes His Shot," 6 Sep. 2019 But since that historic accomplishment, the Indians have competed in higher divisions and playoff success has been hard to come by. Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader, "Boys’ Water Polo Preview: Burroughs, Burbank hope to makes waves in Pacific League," 2 Sep. 2019 Ditto for patriotic voters who resent the Left’s relentless, revisionist assaults on America’s history and accomplishments. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 By then, Earhart had already become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and from Hawaii to the U.S. Mainland; her globetrotting trek would simply be the latest in a line of incredible accomplishments for the aviation pioneer. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Was Amelia Earhart Eaten by Crabs?," 26 Aug. 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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