\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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Plus, remembering feats by The Rolling Stones, The Black Eyed Peas & Garth Brooks. Gary Trust, Billboard, "This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2003, Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love' Crowned the Hot 100," 9 July 2018 Jenner's feat, experts say, took a careful mastery of name recognition mixed with social-media influence. Rachel Siegel, chicagotribune.com, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire. Ever.," 14 July 2018 Yet in other ways, Kavanaugh’s nomination signals the end of caution by reinforcing the Court’s unrelenting rightward shift—quite a feat, since the current Court is one of the most conservative in the nation’s history. Martha F. Davis, Fortune, "Why Brett Kavanaugh Is a Huge Threat to Minority Rights," 10 July 2018 The show’s premise offered its characters some combination of grit and glitter as a means to liberate themselves from the prison of oppressive history—a cathartic, rare feat, still, for women on television. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Marc Maron Is Great in GLOW, and Maybe That’s a Problem," 29 June 2018 That Small is even in the field at Exmoor is no small feat. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "No Small feat: Illinois men's golf coach contending at Senior Players at Exmoor," 13 July 2018 Those are no small feats against the league’s most dynamic attacking force. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Union lose, 2-0, to Atlanta United as C.J. Sapong's goal drought continues," 7 July 2018 Taking any second-year club to its first-ever cup semifinal is no small feat. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "NYRB coaching vacancy filled as FC Cincinnati's Alan Koch again receives reported MLS interest," 6 July 2018 Telling a story at 50-or-so mph is no easy feat, and the task is even more difficult when the characters themselves are stationary. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "Composer Michael Giacchino brings a sense of motion to Disney's Incredicoaster," 5 July 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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