accomplishment

[uh-kom-plish-muhnt]
noun
1.
an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment: the accomplishment of our desires.
2.
something done admirably or creditably: Space exploration is a major accomplishment of science.
3.
anything accomplished; deed; achievement: a career measured in a series of small accomplishments.
4.
Often, accomplishments.
a.
a grace, skill, or knowledge expected in polite society.
b.
any acquired ability or knowledge.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see accomplish, -ment. Compare French accomplissement

preaccomplishment, noun


1. completion, execution. 3. consummation. 4. acquisition, proficiency.


1. failure.
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accomplishment (əˈkɒmplɪʃmənt, əˈkʌm-)
 
n
1.  the act of carrying out or achieving
2.  something achieved or successfully completed
3.  (often plural) skill or talent
4.  (often plural) social grace, style, and poise

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accomplishment
mid 15c., "completion," from Fr. accomplissement "action of accomplishing" (see accomplish). Meaning "thing completed" and that of "something that completes" someone and fits him or her for society are from c.1600.
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Example sentences
Candidates for a lecturer position must have a demonstrated record of
  accomplishment in teaching.
The number is real, but critics say that the accomplishment is smaller than it
  appears.
My lasting memory of this summer is more than an athletic accomplishment.
In many ways it was a model of clever engineering and technological
  accomplishment.
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