achievement

noun
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

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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For security reasons, most U.S. counterintelligence achievements cannot be shared publicly, and those responsible for these successes—to their great credit—don’t require or seek such recognition. WSJ, "In Defense of U.S. Counterintelligence Agents," 3 Mar. 2019 Bethany Jean Clement asked the academy of Seattle chefs and restaurateurs about excellence in culinary cinematic achievement. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "In honor of the Oscars, we asked Seattle chefs to name their picks for all-time Best Food Film," 20 Feb. 2019 Not sharing the whole truth can cause anxiety among those who don’t have such resources; beyond that, misplaced expectations about success and achievement can lead to disappointment and even depression. Jen Doll, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You?," 12 Feb. 2019 Your stories and achievements have been nothing short of extraordinary. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Prince Harry's Powerful Speech at the Endeavour Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 In theory, that would allow for achievements to be accumulated and shared across all of these platforms, plus the PC and Xbox. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft reportedly wants to use Xbox Live to support cross-platform games like Fortnite," 4 Feb. 2019 Our culture rewards men for talking up their achievements and punishes women for doing the same, studies show. Andrea Bartz, Good Housekeeping, "Look, I'm a Self-Promoting Woman. And I’m Not Apologizing for It.," 14 Feb. 2019 The first, obviously, would be her incredible sporting achievements, the second her excellent handling of difficult situations. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Walked the Red Carpet With Her Ex-Boyfriend For a Great Reason," 31 Oct. 2018 Like Jornet, Steck had encountered controversy around certain climbs, including what may have been his biggest achievement: a 28-hour solo ascent of Annapurna’s lethal south face. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 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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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 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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