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achievement

[ uh-cheev-muhnt ]
/ əˈtʃiv mənt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of achievement

1425–75; late Middle English <Middle French achevement conclusion. See achieve, -ment

synonym study for achievement

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM achievement

su·per·a·chieve·ment, noun
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What does achievement mean?

An achievement is a great accomplishment—something achieved with great effort or skill.

Achieve and achievement often imply the completion of something important or difficult—a lofty goal or a great feat. Graduating high school is an achievement. Learning a new language is an achievement. An award is an achievement.

Achievement can also refer to the act of achieving, as in We need to focus on the achievement of these goals. This sense of the word doesn’t always imply impressiveness by itself—it often means the same thing as completion.

Example: Becoming a nurse is a major achievement—it represents years of hard work and sacrifice.

Where does achievement come from?

The first records of the term achievement come from the 1400s. It comes from the French word achevement, meaning “conclusion,” from Old French achever, “to bring to an end,” from the phrase a chef, meaning “to a head” or “to a conclusion.” The suffix -ment is used in nouns and indicates an action or state.

Achievement is often (though not always) used in the context of completing a set goal—one that is planned or desired before it is accomplished. Achievements are often celebrated by people because they are the result of a lot of effort and hard work. Achievement is generally used in a positive way in the context of completing beneficial goals (though an achievement can involve bad things—taking over the world might be an accomplishment for a supervillain).

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How is achievement used in real life?

Achievement is very commonly used. It’s usually used in a positive way.

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A. accomplishment
B. success
C. failure
D. triumph

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British Dictionary definitions for achievement

achievement
/ (əˈtʃiːvmənt) /

noun
something that has been accomplished, esp by hard work, ability, or heroism
successful completion; accomplishment
heraldry a less common word for hatchment
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