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


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



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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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Congressional Gold Medals are awarded by Congress to individuals and groups for major achievements in history or culture. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin documentarian sparks effort to honor World War I female phone operators with Congressional Gold Medal," 10 July 2018 Croatia's achievement in reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup has revived national pride in the team which for more than a quarter of century has played a crucial role in the young nation's identity. Lajla Veselica And Nicolas Gaudichet,, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 2018 He would be named one of the 20th century’s most important figures by Time, receive the Turing Award (named after the famed code breaker) for achievements in the computer sciences, and be honored at the Olympics. Katrina Brooker, The Hive, "“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets," 1 July 2018 Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the annual awards ceremony celebrates achievements in music, television, sports and movies by African American and other American minority artists. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B Win Big at the 2018 BET Awards," 25 June 2018 In addition to her career achievements in the White House and her bestselling books, Dr. Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business & the Economy at Stanford University. Stephanie Walden, USA TODAY, "The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit aims to empower the next generation of women leaders," 19 June 2018 While Einstein is most widely known for his achievements in science, historians have also noted his active engagement with civil rights politics in the United States. Jessica Spitz /, NBC News, "Travel diaries reveal Einstein's racist views," 13 June 2018 In theory, only the white patriarchy loses from affirmative action, and all people of color share the same interests, regardless of their history or socioeconomic status or achievement. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "An Asian-American Awakening," 11 June 2018 De La Salle High School in New Orleans hosted its annual Board of Regents dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on April 19 to celebrate the schools' achievements in academics, athletics and the arts, and to showcase the school's plans. Sue Strachan,, "De La Salle High School Board of Regents dinner looks to the future," 28 May 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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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 \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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