achievement

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web At Wednesday's forum, candidates will discuss issues like parent and teacher involvement in shaping school board decisions, battles over race and gender and ways to close student-achievement gaps. Veda Morgan, The Courier-Journal, 20 Sep. 2022 The EL Education Credential recognizes schools across the EL Education community that have achieved excellent student achievement results in multiple areas of measurement. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 Week after week, evidence of the negative impact of the pandemic on student achievement has dominated the news. al, 16 Sep. 2022 Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education is a nonprofit coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. Maria Morales, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2022 This monumental achievement marks the second time a Black woman has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Okla Jones, Essence, 12 Sep. 2022 Student achievement in math, English and reading tumbled as a result. Kyle Morris, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2022 Federal officials say this is the first nationally representative study to compare student achievement before the pandemic and in 2022, when most students had returned to in-person learning. Collin Binkley, ajc, 1 Sep. 2022 Federal officials say this is the first nationally representative study to compare student achievement before the pandemic and in 2022, when most students had returned to in-person learning. CBS News, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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24 Sep 2022

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“Achievement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/achievement. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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achievement

noun
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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