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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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 More Americans are graduating from high school and college, which is a great achievement, and most aren’t willing to do manual jobs. Dallas News, 18 July 2021 The wins were an unprecedented achievement that reflects Morikawa’s rapid ascension. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 18 July 2021 Despite all else that happened on Trump’s watch, COVID vaccine development is a legitimate achievement that could save millions of lives around the world. al, 16 July 2021 Competing in the Olympics is a massive achievement for any player. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 10 July 2021 But just to be able to achieve Tour membership is in itself an achievement. Ben Morse, CNN, 7 July 2021 Having so many Utes on the seven-member team was a huge achievement for Farden and his recruiting. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 July 2021 The Clippers were able to shock the top-seeded Utah Jazz without Leonard in the semifinals but even forcing a sixth game on Phoenix was an achievement. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021 The White House called Walz's office Thursday with the news that the governor said is an achievement for Minnesota. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021

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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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The first known use of achievement was in the 15th century

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26 Jul 2021

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“Achievement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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