\ˈfēt \

Definition of feat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : act, deed

2a : 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.



Definition of feat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : becoming, neat

2 archaic : smart, dexterous

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Synonyms for feat

Synonyms: Noun

act, action, deed, doing, exploit, thing

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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


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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The actual Pumpkin Spice Latte took Starbucks around three months to perfect, but Megan's felt toy recreation was no easy feat, and has been in the works for over a year. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Felt Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Nearly Identical To the Real Thing," 26 Sep. 2018 Becoming a mega-celebrity almost overnight is no easy feat; just ask Noah Centineo. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Says He Was Followed by Fans at the Airport," 23 Sep. 2018 Doing that level of cooking has been no easy feat of acting or stagecraft. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Brooklyn Playwright Cooks Up ‘Dinner Theater’," 26 July 2018 Finding four young actresses with the skill and depth to embody these nuanced characters and the ability to speak in the correct Neapolitan dialect was no mean feat. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "My Brilliant Friend: Everything We Know About HBO's Elena Ferrante Adaptation," 26 July 2018 Working for The Handmaid’s Tale, in addition to its continued timeliness in this heated political climate, is the fact that its sophomore run continued to be critically lauded, not an easy feat. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 Getting the driver out was no easy feat, because first responders had to clear the wreckage and make sure the wall and building didn’t collapse before freeing him. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Driver led cops on chase right into home for disabled adults — on purpose, Calif. officials say," 27 June 2018 Still, cheating on my trusty MacBook Pro was no easy feat. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "I just cheated on my MacBook Pro with a cheaper alternative from Huawei," 21 June 2018 Setting up the Singapore meeting was no easy feat for the technically still-warring heads of state, requiring planners to accommodate confounding requests and paranoia. Washington Post, "Inside the summit: Talks with ‘aliens,’ familiar frustration," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of feat


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of feat

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


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Kids Definition of feat

: an act showing courage, strength, or skill

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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