achieve·​ment | \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt How to pronounce achievement (audio) \

Definition of achievement

1 : the act of achieving something the achievement of an ambition
2a : a result gained by effort : accomplishment being honored for her academic achievements a major scientific achievement
b : a great or heroic deed
3 : the quality and quantity of a student's work standardized tests to measure achievement

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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 achievement in a Sentence

The discovery of DNA was a major scientific achievement. It was a great achievement. Getting the project done on time was a real achievement.
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Recent Examples on the Web The 34-year-old Serbian has also won 20 grand slam singles titles -- an achievement matched by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Meg Wagner, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 In the Heat of the Night and To Sir, With Love made Poitier the top box-office star of 1968, an achievement unthinkable a decade earlier. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 The Lakers would win 33 straight games, an unfathomable achievement that spanned the course of 65 days during the team’s magical championship season, the franchise’s first after relocating from Minneapolis in 1960. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 But Spellbound, coming out Feb. 25, marks Collins’ first release on which every song is from her own hand, an achievement that seems remarkable and surprising after more than 60 years of recording. Gary Graff, Billboard, 6 Jan. 2022 Winning a triple crown is an achievement that isn't made easier by the extra game, and Kupp is in a strong position to join that club. Greg Beacham, ajc, 6 Jan. 2022 In August 2018, Apple became the first American company ever to be worth $1 trillion, an achievement that took 42 years. Jack Nicas,, 3 Jan. 2022 Such an achievement would have seemed unimaginable when, as a young child, she was stricken with a mysterious illness that her doctors couldn’t diagnose. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2021 The Tennessee Valley Authority should be a national model and a catalyst for the clean energy transformation so desperately needed across the country—an FDR-sized achievement that improves on the original. Dorothy Slater, The New Republic, 29 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of achievement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for achievement

borrowed from Anglo-French achevement, from achever "to achieve" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of achievement was in the 15th century

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15 Jan 2022

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“Achievement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of achievement

: something that has been done or achieved through effort : a result of hard work
: the act of achieving something : the state or condition of having achieved or accomplished something


achieve·​ment | \ ə-ˈchēv-mənt How to pronounce achievement (audio) \

Kids Definition of achievement

1 : the state of having gotten through great effort achievement of a goal
2 : something gotten especially by great effort a scientific achievement

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