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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Verizon showed off the achievement with a frustratingly terrible picture, which seems carefully shot to prevent any glimpse of the 5G Moto Mod (or whatever prototype of the final product the company is using). Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Verizon says it successfully tested 5G on the Moto Z3," 14 Nov. 2018 Its grand promenade is unquestionably one of New York’s greatest rooms, and the theater itself is a giant jewel box that is at once a technical achievement and a wonderful venue for viewing America’s most celebrated and influential dance company. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 The Tenth House also governs public image, professional aspirations, and career achievements. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 And had my high school achievement test at 8:30 the next morning. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement at Today's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 But Guardiola won the trophy twice with Barcelona and Mahrez believes that the Spaniard has the ability to repeat the achievement with City. SI.com, "Riyad Mahrez Believes Pep Guardiola Can Lead Manchester City to UEFA Champions League Glory," 13 July 2018 Trump, meanwhile, spent two years acting as if winning 46 percent of the vote was the greatest achievement in the history of American politics, when in reality, Mitt Romney and John Kerry did better than that and Michael Dukakis did nearly as well. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump voters stood by Trump in the midterms — but there just aren’t enough of them," 10 Nov. 2018 For me, this is a big achievement, to be here in Mexico City. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Migrant Caravan Makes a Stop in Mexico City," 6 Nov. 2018 Is the new iPad Pro a stunning engineering achievement? Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 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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