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

Whatever its ambitions, The Kitchen cheapens the notion of empowerment by using it to tell a story whose main achievement is glorifying an oppressive crime ring. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Cheap Thrills of The Kitchen and Why Women Kill," 19 Aug. 2019 Because achievement has been so lackluster in recent years, the state has set performance indicators to where schools can earn an A if about 60 percent of students are on track to performing at grade level. By Eva-marie Ayala Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Texas schools receive new A-F grades — see how yours rated," 15 Aug. 2019 Winning a Grammy -- or any of the EGOT-qualifying awards -- should be a tremendous achievement. Paul Grein, Billboard, "The Quickest Way to Get Three-Quarters of an EGOT (And It's Perfectly Legit)," 6 Aug. 2019 The Dalio gift is a signature achievement of Gov. Ned Lamont, who, like Dalio, is a Greenwich resident. Christopher Keating,, "As a unique $300 million partnership between Connecticut and hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio takes shape, questions about transparency remain," 21 July 2019 The Affordable Care Act was a historic achievement. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Biden’s Pitch to Voters: Dream Small," 19 July 2019 Such a degree of crossover potential and community unity between a company's handheld and console user bases would be a noteworthy achievement. Robert Carnevale, WIRED, "Should You Buy the Nintendo Switch Lite?," 14 July 2019 This is a tremendous achievement, because modern life is not supposed to have a mythology. Dominic Green, WSJ, "Roberto Calasso’s ‘The Unnamable Present’ Review: Sacrifices at Modernity’s Altar," 10 May 2019 The strip’s achievement, and a significant reason for its longevity, is its creation of a space of inquiry that is never closed off. Nicole Rudick, The New Yorker, "How “Peanuts” Created a Space for Thinking," 6 Aug. 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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