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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Recent Examples on the Web

Today, Pedersen, a piano professor at Eastern Michigan University, is touring the country to tell veterans, music enthusiasts and captive audiences about one of Steinway's proudest achievements. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Eastern Michigan professor reveals forgotten history of WWII pianos," 13 July 2019 Hundreds of millions tuned in to radios or watched the grainy black-and-white images on TV as Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, in one of humanity’s most glorious technological achievements. Washington Post, "Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world," 13 July 2019 There have been 34 first-place achievements since the initial one in 1889, and 21 were decided by five games or fewer. Houston Mitchell,, "Dodgers Dugout: A closer look at the first half of the season," 12 July 2019 Apollo 11 remains one of the greatest American achievements even after 50 years. Smithsonian, "Readers Discuss Our June Issue," 11 July 2019 North, white, rich, poor, black, white, east, west — what other achievement can bring all of those disparate interests together? Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Apollo 11 Had 3 Men Aboard, But Only 2 Walked on the Moon. Here’s What it Was Like to Be the Third," 11 July 2019 Each invested enormous resources in evermore spectacular space achievements. David Shribman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: 50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 The achievement marks another notable milestone in the progress of artificial intelligence. New York Times, "Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em? This A.I. Bluffs With the Best," 11 July 2019 The show honoring the past year's top athletes and achievements aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, with comedian Tracy Morgan as host. Houston Chronicle, "Celebrities of sport and screen hit the ESPYs red carpet," 10 July 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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