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 While Creek’s 4-7 record wasn’t an eye-opening achievement, the Wildcats’ post-season appearance certainly provides momentum heading into the upcoming season. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Football: Clear Creek High fueled by talent at skill positions," 8 Sep. 2020 Harris is just 1,214 yards off the program’s all-time rushing record, an achievement that would speak to voters. USA TODAY, "Top 10 Heisman Trophy contenders for the college football season," 8 Sep. 2020 Whatever the intentions, the creation of a holiday devoted solely to workers was nonetheless an important achievement for the labor movement. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Labor Day's surprisingly radical origins," 4 Sep. 2020 The book presents this exchange as an achievement—a moment of confrontation that leads to mutual recognition rather than to rupture. Ismail Muhammad, The Atlantic, "Claudia Rankine’s Quest for Racial Dialogue," 4 Sep. 2020 And, whatever the polls ultimately reveal, that is an impressive achievement. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democrats Choose Politics Over Ideological Purity," 18 Aug. 2020 Rollercoaster week Binder finished fourth after the red-flagged race eventually restarted, an impressive achievement from 17th on the grid. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "Brad Binder: Cheating death and creating MotoGP history," 18 Aug. 2020 Becoming not only the first woman vice president, but also the first Black and the first Asian vice president would undoubtedly be an historic achievement contributing to more equitable political representation. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Kamala Harris’ Nomination Is A Historic Moment — So Why Does It Feel So Compromised?," 12 Aug. 2020 Their birth was an outstanding achievement for science and animal conservation. Lorena Villanueva-almanza, The Indianapolis Star, "'Devastating' virus killed 2 Indianapolis Zoo elephants. Their deaths may save others.," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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11 Sep 2020

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“Achievement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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