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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For years, Mary Ellen Powers was a quiet force behind many of the Milwaukee business community's most important achievements. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Obituary: Mary Ellen Powers was a behind-the-scenes force in Milwaukee's business community," 13 July 2018 While many in those nations have expressed pride and joy that a Balkan country has made it to the final, Croatia's stellar achievement also has caused envy and nationalist outbursts evoking the war era. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia's World Cup success," 13 July 2018 And the constitution that Mr. Ramaphosa helped to put in place is another of Mandela’s achievements. Peter Godwin, WSJ, "Mandela’s Troubled Legacy," 13 July 2018 That achievement was probably his most cherished professional accomplishment., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 Nyataya said that the team's biggest achievement has been getting women in their region interested in the sport. Madeline Mitchell,, "The ultimate adventure: how a team from Kenya is making their way to Cincinnati for a world championship," 6 July 2018 Additionally, other key issues include school safety, achievement gap, school crowing and the school system’s budget. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Eight school board candidates won the primary, next up is the general election," 27 June 2018 However, if Vector meets its deadline, the achievement will be commendable. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Mysterious Washington “launch,” Aerojet tests, BFR job posting," 15 June 2018 The main achievement of the summit was the summit itself — a propaganda win for Kim at home, and something that Trump would cast as a win for himself as well. Brian Bennett / Singapore, Time, "Trump and Kim Each Got a Win from the Summit. But Did the World?," 12 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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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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alleviating pain or harshness

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