achievement

noun achieve·ment \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt \

Definition of achievement

1 :the act of achieving something
  • the achievement of an ambition
2 a :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

Examples of achievement in a Sentence

  1. The discovery of DNA was a major scientific achievement.

  2. It was a great achievement.

  3. Getting the project done on time was a real achievement.

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Origin and Etymology of achievement

Synonym Discussion of 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


ACHIEVEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

achievement

noun

Definition of achievement for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

achievement

noun achieve·ment \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt \

Definition of achievement for Students

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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