achieve·​ment ə-ˈchēv-mənt How to pronounce achievement (audio)
: the act of achieving something
the achievement of an ambition
: a result gained by effort : accomplishment
being honored for her academic achievements
a major scientific achievement
: a great or heroic deed
: the quality and quantity of a student's work
standardized tests to measure achievement
Choose the Right Synonym for achievement

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 One of the greatest producers in history, Dino De Laurentiis, was only given one Academy Award, for lifetime achievement. Pino Gagliardi, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Sep. 2023 The power couple joined forces with President of the Ford Foundation Darren Walker to honor achievements in women's rights, journalism, human rights activism and the defense of democracy. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2023 His first-term achievements, the National Industrial Recovery Act and the Agricultural Adjustment Act, sought to organize the economy into a system of legal cartels while, absurdly enough, outlawing price cuts as incomes were falling. Christian Schneider, National Review, 28 Sep. 2023 The federal Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to hold schools and school districts accountable for student achievement. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 28 Sep. 2023 Now in her early 50s, Harvey is bringing life to imagined worlds that resemble modern folklore, inhabited by characters rich with contradictions and duality — no more so than on her latest album I Inside the Old Year Dying, one of her strangest and most ambitious achievements yet. Vulture, 26 Sep. 2023 The Golden Globes announced two new categories on Tuesday (Sept. 26) recognizing cinematic and box office achievement in motion pictures, and best stand-up comedian on television. Paul Grein, Billboard, 26 Sep. 2023 Her impressive list of achievements, including the 2023 Final Four Most Outstanding Player and BET Sportswoman of the Year, attests to her on-court excellence. Lisa Leslie, Glamour, 26 Sep. 2023 The conference, which brings together top industry professionals, thought leaders and enthusiasts to celebrate the latest achievements in animation, VFX and games, runs from Oct. 15 through Oct. 20. Terry Flores, Variety, 22 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Achievement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


achieve·​ment ə-ˈchēv-mənt How to pronounce achievement (audio)
: the act of achieving
: something achieved

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