\ ˈfēt How to pronounce feat (audio) \

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


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 last time a UCF quarterback tossed four touchdowns in a game was McKenzie Milton, who accomplished the feat during a 45-14 win over Pittsburgh last September at Spectrum Stadium. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF QB Dillon Gabriel credits McKenzie Milton for helping him quickly adapt to lead Knights," 16 Sep. 2019 The last time the Ducks accomplished that feat in the same season was 1972 (San Jose State, Oregon State). oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks defense holds back-to-back opponents without touchdown for first time in 31 years," 15 Sep. 2019 And while OneRepublic’s appearance at KAABOO on Saturday was only 24 hours after the new song accomplished that feat, of course the band included it in their hour-long performance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: OneRepublic showcases the power of song at KAABOO," 15 Sep. 2019 Dalton’s performance was the Bengals’ first 400-yard passing game since Carson Palmer accomplished the feat in 2010. Frankie Taddeo, SI.com, "Top Fantasy Football Streaming Options for Week 2," 11 Sep. 2019 The only Red Sox player to score 140 or more runs in a season was Ted Williams, who accomplished the feat three times (franchise-record 150 in 1949). BostonGlobe.com, "Betts hitting stride," 10 Sep. 2019 Hernandez captured the Pacific League individual championship last season to become the first local golfer to accomplish the feat since Burroughs’ Emily Tubert in 2009. Burbank Leader, "Girls’ Golf Preview: Rivalry expected to hit new high between Burroughs, Burbank," 4 Sep. 2019 The 29-year-old infielder has played in all 136 games and is just 26 away from accomplishing the feat. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Milestone watch — What to keep an eye on as Marlins wrap up season," 2 Sep. 2019 Impersonating an icon is a dangerous business, but Renee Zellweger accomplishes the feat in Judy, a look at the last year in the life of Judy Garland. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Judy': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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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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