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Definition of feat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a deed notable especially for courage the brave feats of ordinary foot soldiers
b : an act or product of skill, endurance, or ingenuity Building the bridge was an engineering feat.
2 : act, deed

Definition of feat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : becoming, neat
2 archaic : smart, dexterous

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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 feat in a Sentence

Noun a performer known for her astonishing acrobatic feats an exceptional feat of the human intellect Writing that whole report in one night was quite a feat. It was no mean feat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s quite a feat considering Facebook’s tarnished reputation and that Instagram’s technology and selling tools are intertwined with its parent. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "How Instagram became an engine of e-commerce," 19 May 2020 One of Higgins’ goals is to be on the all-rookie team, a feat Green accomplished in 2011. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals second-round pick WR Tee Higgins: 'I fell into the right situation'," 14 May 2020 Reagan has played in a state championship game in three of the last six seasons — a feat matched by no team in the San Antonio area. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus ended Reagan baseball’s promising start," 1 May 2020 But the Fit's interior has always been a packaging marvel, one that offers significantly more people space, including nearly five additional inches of rear-seat legroom—a true feat considering the Honda's wheelbase is about 1.6 inches shorter. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Goes Beyond Basic Transportation," 22 Apr. 2020 That will mean 20 consecutive years in power for the Conservatives—a feat unmatched since the early 1800s. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "Keep Calm and Carry On—Right Into a Pandemic," 22 Apr. 2020 Most larval mussels are parasitic and hitch a ride to their future homes on fish, a feat only possible in healthy river ecosystems. Marion Renault, Wired, "Freshwater Mussels Are Dying—Which Is the Likeliest Culprit?," 18 Apr. 2020 Another could be from Al Shabab militants in East Africa, who have pilot training and might be able to slip into the United States — a much more difficult feat now than when the original Sept. 11 plotters entered the country in 2001. Eric Schmitt, BostonGlobe.com, "Al Qaeda branch in Somalia threatens Americans in East Africa — and even the US," 21 Mar. 2020 And then there’s the question of whether Musk can safely fly astronauts — a feat SpaceX hasn’t yet tried. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "How Elon Musk went from sleeping in the factory to being on the cusp of launching a crew into space," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of feat


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feat


Middle English fet, fait, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin factum "deed, action" — more at fact


Middle English fet, fayt, borrowed from Anglo-French fait, past participle of faire "to do, make, perform," going back to Latin facere — more at fact

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The first known use of feat was in the 14th century

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26 May 2020

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“Feat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feat. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of feat

: an act or achievement that shows courage, strength, or skill


\ ˈfēt How to pronounce feat (audio) \

Kids Definition of feat

: an act showing courage, strength, or skill

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