\ 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

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 The platinum case is entirely polished by hand, no easy feat for this hard material. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 The film’s true feat lies in Thompson’s restoration and contextualization. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 That’s no small feat in the early days of the electric era when many EVs tend to look like Tesla knockoffs. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2021 That feat also cemented Vertex’s place in the Boston biotech pantheon. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2021 What makes this feat is attainable is the similarities between the 2018 and 2021 rosters. Stephen Means, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 Establishing any infection at all is the easiest feat for a virus to accomplish—the first step toward causing disease—and the hardest event for a vaccinated immune system to block. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2021 Brees, the former New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers quarterback who set the mark in 2018, was on hand for Brady's feat Sunday as part of NBC's broadcast team. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 This feat, however, was repeated by Mark Kelly in 2020. Harry Enten, CNN, 3 Oct. 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, 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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“Feat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feat. Accessed 27 Oct. 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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