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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 Technical indicators suggest breaking out might not be an easy feat -- Bitcoin failed to do so on several occasions last week. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, "Up more than 500% in the last year, bitcoin faces a new make-or-break price barrier," 29 Apr. 2021 Nelson joined Barry Sanders, Keith Jackson, Lawrence Taylor and Earl Campbell as the only players to achieve the feat. BostonGlobe.com, "Carolina Panthers deal QB Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos," 28 Apr. 2021 Gronkowski returned to his alma mater, the University of Arizona, to achieve the feat, even donning his pads, helmet and a jersey with his old No. 48 on it. Ben Morse, CNN, "NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski sets world record with 600-foot catch," 26 Apr. 2021 Trying to make the Postal Service solvent, while coloring inside the lines drawn by Congress, is no easy feat. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How to Save the Post Office, Maybe," 26 Apr. 2021 Anti has now spent five whole years on the Billboard 200 album chart, as Twitter's @chartdata reported earlier this week, making Rihanna the first Black female artist to achieve that feat. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Rihanna Said She's Thinking About Releasing a New Single," 25 Mar. 2021 In scoring over 2,000 points for her career, North Judson senior Lilliann Frasure is one of just seven Indiana girls basketball players to achieve that feat. Cj Peters, chicagotribune.com, "Lilliann Frasure, an Indiana Wesleyan recruit, scores 16 points as North Judson loses on late run to Tipton in Class 2A semistate game," 21 Feb. 2021 The Hope probe, designed to operate as a weather satellite around the red planet, successfully slipped into Mars orbit on Feb. 9, making the UAE only the fifth nation or entity to achieve such a feat. NBC News, "NASA's Mars rover successfully touches down on the red planet," 19 Feb. 2021 Watch the colorful, dance-heavy video and learn more about the septet’s latest feat here. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (April 16)," 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Chestnut's 13th Mustard Yellow Belt prompted ESPN to show the 36-year-old's feat side-by-side with other athletes who have won the same competition or title over the course of their careers. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Should hot dog eating competition hero Joey Chestnut be included in greatest 'athlete' debate?," 6 July 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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3 May 2021

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“Feat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feat. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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