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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.
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.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French achevement conclusion. See achieve, -ment
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superachievement, noun
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. 2. fulfillment, realization. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for achievements
  • The country's achievements in education have other nations doing their homework.
  • My father didn't boast about his achievements, and he didn't want to be seen as iconic.
  • But while his achievements are invaluable as those of a reformer, his work is not intrinsically great.
  • Their half-concealed achievements were at last embodied in his own pages.
  • Not all the world's commentators, however, were as awestruck by his achievements.
  • There is a basis in folklore for the modern achievements in wave research.
  • First of all, a number of outstanding scholars were selected based on their achievements.
  • By and large, it has not made singular discoveries--achievements that are its and its alone.
  • The ensuing rivalry produced a procession of spectacular achievements and heroes.
  • GE researchers have not published their work, and they declined to divulge much about their research achievements.
British Dictionary definitions for achievements


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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Word Origin and History for achievements



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.

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