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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Instead of celebrating the global recognition, discussion of Zhao's achievement was censored online. James Griffiths, CNN, "The great power race between the US and China is on. And Beijing is confident of winning," 30 Apr. 2021 That’s quite a dubious record of achievement for a city with enviable economic growth. Steven Malanga, WSJ, "The Music City Meltdown," 28 Apr. 2021 By the early twentieth century, as colonialism spread around the globe, scholars began to portray Neanderthals as an extinct lower rung on the evolutionary ladder leading to that apex of human achievement, the European gentleman. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, "Why Did They Vanish?," 27 Apr. 2021 Instead of a celebration of individual achievement, the photograph was a declaration of unity in the face of a dire circumstances. Washington Post, "Biden’s small moments tell big stories," 26 Apr. 2021 Throughout, presenters spoke in personal terms of the backgrounds of the nominees, repeatedly crediting the love of movies that had driven them from often humble beginnings to the pinnacle of achievement in film. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: A new global COVID-19 surge," 26 Apr. 2021 Michael said their father and mother, Cammie, had set a high bar of achievement in the family but that Costello rose to the occasion. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, "Buckeye Fire Chief Bob Costello honored for life of service, integrity in emotional memorial service," 15 Apr. 2021 Students at high-surveillance schools end up with significantly lower levels of math achievement and are also less likely to go on to college. Nick Morrison, Forbes, "Cameras Are Being Used To Punish Students, Not Stop School Shooters," 11 Apr. 2021 MacRumors explains that reports of the achievement have been circulating on social media in China over the weekend, being picked up by local media. Chris Smith, BGR, "M1 Mac RAM and storage can be upgraded, but you shouldn’t do it," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of achievement was in the 15th century

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3 May 2021

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“Achievement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of achievement

: something that has been done or achieved through effort : a result of hard work
: the act of achieving something : the state or condition of having achieved or accomplished something


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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