[ uh-cheev-muhnt ]
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  1. something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.; a great or heroic deed: his remarkable achievements in art.

  2. the act of achieving; attainment or accomplishment: the achievement of one's object.

  1. Heraldry. the full display of the armorial bearings of an individual or corporation.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French achevement “conclusion”; equivalent to 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 for achievement

Other words from achievement

  • su·per·a·chieve·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use achievement in a sentence

  • He held all the records for height, and it was known that at Attercliffe he meant to endeavour to eclipse his own achievements.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • Books of impassioned poetry, and descriptions of heroic character and achievements, were her especial delight.

  • William Eaton, an American general, died; celebrated for his heroic achievements in the expedition against Tripoli, 1798.

  • His personal achievements were many in this assignment and his excessive courage was noted by Washington.

  • He was the friend of Mistral and followed the poet's efforts and achievements with deep and affectionate interest.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer

British Dictionary definitions for achievement


/ (əˈtʃiːvmənt) /

  1. something that has been accomplished, esp by hard work, ability, or heroism

  2. successful completion; accomplishment

  1. heraldry a less common word for hatchment

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