achieve·​ment | \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt How to pronounce achievement (audio) \

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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Trips to the International Space Station and landing two rockets simultaneously are impressive, but now SpaceX is standing on the precipice of a towering achievement for any space program: a Lego set. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "We Might Get a Lego Version of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy," 5 July 2018 Such action would disrupt some centers in the universal prekindergarten program, which has been one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature achievements. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Preschool Workers Mull Strike as Union Discusses Pay," 2 Apr. 2019 Waking up to coffee is one of technology's better achievements; this pink coffeemaker does it in style. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "18 Pink Home Items to Gift This Valentine’s Day," 7 Feb. 2019 Martin regularly posts about his friend Meghan, and celebrates all of her major achievements, including the launch of Together: Our Community Cookbook. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Made Avocado Toast for Makeup Artist Daniel Martin & It Looks Delicious," 20 Jan. 2019 But even in the absence of concrete policy achievements, Trump does have a good economy to point to. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s latest interview shows Republicans have nothing to run on in November," 21 Sep. 2018 Ronaldo is now set to embark on a new journey in Italy and will be looking to further decorate his brimming cabinet following all of his achievements in England and Spain., "Cristiano Ronaldo's Agent Jorge Mendes Says Juventus Will Be the Player's Last Club," 11 July 2018 One of her greatest local achievements, though, is being selected to perform her work at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, on Aug. 5 at the Hill-Stead Museum. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Teen Earns National Poetry Honors," 9 July 2018 Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Silvia Earl, who’s still around and amazing, and some of the really big stars and some of the most remarkable achievements were because National Geographic invested in women. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Nat Geo executives Courteney Monroe, Rachel Webber and Susan Goldberg on Recode Decode," 6 July 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 How to pronounce achievement (audio) \

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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