feat

noun
\ ˈfēt How to pronounce feat (audio) \

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.

feat

adjective

Definition of feat (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Noun

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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Who would have thought the 2019 team, with the third-fewest runs in the majors and so many sickly batting statistics, would fall three runs short of matching the feat? Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants power their way to fourth straight win, first three-game sweep of 2019," 4 July 2019 The penalty kick was only one of Naeher’s memorable feats on Tuesday at Stade de Lyon. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "The Sports Report: U.S. advances to Women's World Cup final," 3 July 2019 The mural panels are painted but must be installed; no easy feat considering the panels’ size and the mural’s height. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "13 years and millions of dollars later, the ambitious, enormous American Mural Project is coming together," 1 July 2019 The show’s more surprising feat was triggering nostalgia in viewers too young to have experienced the ’80s. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "How ‘Stranger Things’ Whipped Up ’80s Fever," 30 June 2019 But the day’s most impressive feat by a male may have belonged to Bogge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toland, Jones win San Diego International Triathlon," 24 June 2019 At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, one of the first practical centrifugal refrigeration compressor’s dating to 1922 is held in historic recognition of Carrier’s feat. Haleema Shah, Smithsonian, "The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner," 24 June 2019 The two yarnys, as they're called, depend on each others' stringy bodies to perform various acrobatic feats and avoid obstacles, such as animals and nature hazards. Robert Carnevale, WIRED, "Party Time! 12 Amazingly Addictive Couch Co-op Games," 22 June 2019 These feats are no joke — and surely would not be possible without his teachers’ lessons. Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News, "Stephanie Ruhle: Saying thanks to the teacher who changed my son's life," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of feat

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feat

Noun

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

Adjective

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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feat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feat

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

feat

noun
\ ˈfēt How to pronounce feat (audio) \

Kids Definition of feat

: an act showing courage, strength, or skill

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