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[uh-cheev-muh nt] /əˈtʃiv mənt/
something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.; a great or heroic deed:
his remarkable achievements in art.
the act of achieving; attainment or accomplishment:
the achievement of one's object.
Heraldry. the full display of the armorial bearings of an individual or corporation.
Digital Technology. a title or icon associated with a user profile or account that indicates the person's skill or rank in an online community, especially on a gaming platform.
Origin of achievement
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French achevement conclusion. See achieve, -ment
Related forms
superachievement, noun
2. fulfillment, realization.
Synonym Study
1. Achievement, exploit, feat are terms for a noteworthy act. Achievement connotes final accomplishment of something noteworthy, after much effort and often in spite of obstacles and discouragements: a scientific achievement. Exploit connotes boldness, bravery, and usually ingenuity: the famous exploit of an aviator. Feat connotes the performance of something difficult, generally demanding skill and strength: a feat of horsemanship. Unabridged
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  • A sense of achievement; of conquering the unconquerable; of pitting human wits against giants and winning—a sporting chance.

    Through Glacier Park Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There can be no achievement in the struggle for existence without an adequate force.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • To carry that bridge would be an achievement which would have forever a place in the history of the nation.

    Following the Flag Charles Carleton Coffin
  • "It was myself found him, sir," said the constable with an air of pride in his achievement.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • Rochester's best love-poetry reaches the topmost pinnacle of achievement in that kind.

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
British Dictionary definitions for achievement


something that has been accomplished, esp by hard work, ability, or heroism
successful completion; accomplishment
(heraldry) a less common word for hatchment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for achievement

late 15c., "act of completing" (something), from Middle French achèvement "a finishing," noun of action from Old French achever (see achieve). Meaning "thing achieved" is recorded from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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