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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Two drug sign-offs in a biotech’s first 10 years would be an uncommon achievement, but Schenkein, an oncologist turned biopharma executive, is hardly living large, at least as far as his work space goes. Jonathan Saltzman,, "This CEO doesn’t like to be cornered," 14 July 2018 Obviously, this was a highly complex story, and to condense it into three hours is quite an achievement. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "A Very English Scandal Star Hugh Grant on the Crime That Shocked Britain," 30 June 2018 Ross told members of the Senate Finance Committee earlier Wednesday that having U.S. compliance officers on site was an unprecedented achievement. Roxana Tiron,, "Senators Cite ZTE Progress But No Deal After Trump Meeting," 21 June 2018 Being one of the last four teams left in the race for the national title is an achievement worth crowing about, but the Terps fell short of extending their season by two more days. Edward Lee,, "Review & preview: Maryland men’s lacrosse," 12 June 2018 That France's victory helped unite a nation -- if only temporarily -- was quite an achievement at a time when Front National was regularly garnering around 15% of the French vote. Matias Grez, CNN, "France's 'Rainbow Team' look backs at historic World Cup triumph," 8 June 2018 Just making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team in the marathon would be an incredible achievement. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Can Gwen Jorgensen pull off one of the greatest feats in Olympic history? Don't bet against her.," 5 June 2018 Having a million Twitter followers used to be an astonishing achievement; now someone like Katy Perry can add 10 million followers in less than a year. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter's Power Users," 5 June 2018 While securing a berth to the World Cup was an achievement on its own, Peru has lofty goals for the tournament. Jamie Goldberg,, "Andy Polo aiming to help Peru make the most of first World Cup appearance in 36 years," 4 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


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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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