achievement

noun
achieve·​ment | \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for achievement

Synonyms

accomplishment, acquirement, attainment, baby, coup, success, triumph

Antonyms

nonachievement

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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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Both achievements were history-making: Oh was both the first performer of Asian heritage to host the Golden Globes and the first Asian actor to win multiple Globes. Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sandra Oh," 7 Jan. 2019 Other Walker achievements are long and far-reaching. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "Walker leaves a fundamentally changed Wisconsin," 7 Jan. 2019 Qian's latest achievement combines the self-assembly with a new technique called strand displacement. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Caltech scientists use DNA tiles to play tic-tac-toe at the nanoscale," 29 Dec. 2018 The Argentine soccer federation promoted the game as a personal achievement – a way to overcome the national team’s failure at the World Cup, where Argentina was eliminated in the last 16 by eventual champion France. Debora Rey, The Seattle Times, "Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence," 5 Dec. 2018 Beshear, who was elected attorney general in 2016, has claimed elimination of the test backlog as a signature achievement of his time in office. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear claims rape kit test backlog is fixed, but prosecutions still lag," 9 July 2018 But to a rare degree for any artist, Mr. Lanzmann’s reputation and perhaps his raison d’être rest on a singular achievement: the film that consumed him for 12 years in his middle age. Daniel Lewis, New York Times, "Claude Lanzmann, Epic Chronicler of the Holocaust, Dies at 92," 5 July 2018 With greater emphasis being placed on closing achievement gaps in Naperville School District 203, some board members are questioning whether their efforts are working. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "D203 hunts for a better way to measure student achievement," 19 June 2018 For many bands, a major achievement is becoming successful enough to move up from a van to a tour bus. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Big Town a chart-topping, award-winning band with a mission (and a mission statement)," 14 June 2018

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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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achievement

noun

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

achievement

noun
achieve·​ment | \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt \

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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