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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Obviously the correlation isn’t 1 to 1, that a lower-income student automatically presents an achievement-gap problem. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Friend’s family rebuffed tuition offer; how else can they help this student?," 13 Nov. 2018 The organizers, for instance, asked Google to elevate the role of its chief diversity officer and release internal reports about payment or achievement gaps between races, ethnicities, and genders. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google announces new sexual assault and harassment rules after mass protest," 8 Nov. 2018 On some level, your achievements are contingent on having a stable and encouraging extended network. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Our mission is to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing women with a community to lean on and learn from. Ellevate, chicagotribune.com, "How cold calling could actually work when you're networking," 12 July 2018 Among his numerous achievements include being elected to the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Board of Directors. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Lawyer re-elected president of Alpert JFCS," 12 July 2018 Among his achievements were a master plan for the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, plans for Liberty Place in Center City, and renovation plans for mansions in Society Hill and on Rittenhouse Square. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Thomas A. Todd, 90, Philly architect and painter," 12 July 2018 Critics have blamed portions of the contract, which expires Saturday, for the district's widening achievement gap. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS and the teachers union expected to agree on a contract Tuesday," 26 June 2018 An achievement gap between students of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, while narrowing, persists. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 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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