achieve·​ment | \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt How to pronounce achievement (audio) \

Definition of achievement

1 : the act of achieving something the achievement of an ambition
2a : a result gained by effort : accomplishment being honored for her academic achievements a major scientific achievement
b : a great or heroic deed
3 : the quality and quantity of a student's work standardized tests to measure achievement

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feat, exploit, achievement mean a remarkable deed. feat implies strength or dexterity or daring. an acrobatic feat exploit suggests an adventurous or heroic act. his exploits as a spy achievement implies hard-won success in the face of difficulty or opposition. her achievements as a chemist

Examples of achievement in a Sentence

The discovery of DNA was a major scientific achievement. It was a great achievement. Getting the project done on time was a real achievement.
Recent Examples on the Web Making the playoffs was a significant achievement for the Kings. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Meanwhile, the non-fungible token (NFT) market has scored a landmark achievement. Dan Runkevicius, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The Magnitsky Act, an important topic in the new book, was a real achievement. Bartle Bull, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Among Alaska Native people, a student’s graduation is a collective achievement, and education is a responsibility to contribute back to their community, according to Qassataq. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 His stimulus bill, a significant achievement, attracted zero Republican support. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 1 May 2022 It’s a crowning achievement for Kia, which has had a stellar few years with options like the EV6 and Kia Carnival. Maren Estrada, BGR, 30 Apr. 2022 So far, Russia has been able to claim only the capture of Kherson, a regional capital, as a significant battlefield achievement. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Obama returned for an event marking the 12th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which was a signature legislative achievement under his administration. Melissa Noel, Essence, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of achievement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for achievement

borrowed from Anglo-French achevement, from achever "to achieve" + -ment -ment

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15 May 2022

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“Achievement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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achieve·​ment | \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt How to pronounce achievement (audio) \

Kids Definition of achievement

1 : the state of having gotten through great effort achievement of a goal
2 : something gotten especially by great effort a scientific achievement

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