Definition of achievement in US English:

achievement

noun

  • 1A thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill.

    ‘to reach this stage is a great achievement’
    • ‘Always be honest about your achievements and skills and make sure the information is up to date.’
    • ‘It will be a remarkable achievement for the whole of the State, which has a persisting tendency to delay projects.’
    • ‘It is a remarkable achievement for the club and establishes them as one of the best ladies club sides ever to come out of the province.’
    • ‘A remarkable achievement for someone who is well over 80, and is often accused of being neither use nor ornament.’
    • ‘If offers a wide ranging programme for all ages which in itself is a remarkable achievement for the organisers.’
    • ‘He is congratulated on his wonderful achievement and wished continued success in the future.’
    • ‘Winning the French Open the year before had been a remarkable achievement, but he had to beat his old friend, Alex Corretja, to do it.’
    • ‘Woetzel now seems to be well on her way to matching her sporting achievements with similar success on stage.’
    • ‘I want to congratulate them on their achievements as it is remarkable in how they did it.’
    • ‘It was a remarkable achievement and was hailed genius after his predicted crash of 1929 occurred.’
    • ‘His first album appeared in late 1961, a remarkable achievement for a hick who'd landed in the city only a few months earlier.’
    • ‘Even so, for an entire family to achieve Black Belt status is a remarkable achievement.’
    • ‘That's a remarkable achievement given the bitter division between those two parties.’
    • ‘This was Simon's third year in a row to win the National Long Jump title, a remarkable achievement.’
    • ‘McCarthy is only 19 years old and to reach a World final and finish fifth is a remarkable achievement.’
    • ‘It's a remarkable achievement, a testimony to Hall's skill, his knowledge and motivational qualities.’
    • ‘This will be an influential book, and is a remarkable achievement.’
    • ‘The building is truly a remarkable achievement and is the result of much planning and hard work by all involved.’
    • ‘Such a remarkable achievement was made just four years and four months after the service was introduced.’
    • ‘That is a remarkable achievement given the present redevelopment work which has disrupted movement around the city centre.’
    attainment, reaching, gaining, winning, acquirement, procurement
    accomplishment, attainment, feat, performance, undertaking, act, action, deed, effort, exploit, manoeuvre, operation, enterprise
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  • 2The process or fact of achieving something.

    ‘the achievement of professional recognition’
    ‘assessing ability in terms of academic achievement’
    ‘a sense of achievement’
    • ‘It felt quite relaxing for a change, so perhaps the month off the writing did me some good, and by the end of it I had a real sense of achievement.’
    • ‘For all the children, sport offers a tangible sense of achievement.’
    • ‘She is being put through her paces by mate Lorraine and says she will feel a sense of achievement in completing the 5km race.’
    • ‘Whizzing along on the train, there was a sense of achievement recalling how we had cycled all that way only 48 hours earlier.’
    • ‘Our service aims to support schools and families across the county in raising ethnic minority achievement, through bilingual assistance, projects, training and advisory support.’
    • ‘The author, like the sailor, could end up badly battered, or be greatly praised for his courage, skill and achievement.’
    • ‘Once at the bottom, we were all overwhelmed by the sense of achievement we had gained from our perseverance.’
    • ‘Yet the buzz and sense of achievement that referees and officials in all guises seem to feel continues to amaze me.’
    • ‘After struggling to get yourself to the top, there is a real sense of achievement, and if it's not raining, the views can be fantastic.’
    • ‘Nowadays we live in a culture that puts enormous stock in the achievement of flashy early success.’
    • ‘When I write and hit the publish button, I feel a proud sense of achievement and accomplishment.’
    • ‘Psychologists also claim that the sense of achievement after exercise also makes fitness enthusiasts feel better.’
    • ‘For both of them, the biggest pluses of losing weight have been buying lots of new clothes and also the sense of achievement.’
    • ‘The other side effect is the lack of a sense of achievement or recognition.’
    • ‘I love them because they're beautiful and because they're the symbol of kings and of my achievement and success.’
    • ‘We should be aware of what can hamper our achievement and make the effort to overcome it.’
    • ‘After 15 days, we have become like one big happy family where there is a sense of achievement and belonging.’
    • ‘I get a sense of achievement from not having a garden, and I've always tried to live somewhere that doesn't have one.’
    • ‘I get a real sense of achievement working from home - I get far more done, even if it is the weekend when I should be out playing in the sun.’
    • ‘There's a sense of achievement when you buy yourself something special, because you know you have worked hard to get it.’
    implementation, carrying out, accomplishment, performance, effecting, bringing off, bringing about, carrying off, carrying through, completion, enactment, enforcement, discharge, prosecution, engineering, attainment, realization, fulfilment
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  • 3Heraldry
    A representation of a coat of arms with all the adjuncts to which a bearer of arms is entitled.

    • ‘This full achievement illustrates the Azure, Gules, and Ermine mantling issuing from the twisted wreath on the helmet, silver with gold bars, signifying the earl to be a peer, and surmounted by a wyvern crest.’
    • ‘It was therefore important for each achievement of arms to be different from all others - at least in every generation.’
    • ‘This stone shows the heraldic achievement of Henry, including, significantly for us, a stag, gorged, enclosed in a fence.’
    • ‘This achievement is a good example of the canting coat.’
    • ‘The achievement is very complex, with twelve sections representing 12 families linked by marriage.’

Pronunciation

achievement

/əˈtʃivmənt//əˈCHēvmənt/