achievement

Achievement is another word for accomplishment. My greatest achievement to date is the time I won the annual hay-stacking contest at the county fair. That was twenty darn years ago, but I still look back fondly on that moment and the trophy I got to take home.

A noun used to describe something finished successfully or the act of accomplishing, achievement comes from the similarly spelled Middle French achievement “a finishing.” For some people, just being able to make it to work every day on time could be considered an achievement, but the word is usually applied to feats of more heroic proportions. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.”

Definitions of achievement
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n the action of accomplishing something

Synonyms:
accomplishment
Types:
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beachhead, foothold
an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
cakewalk
an easy accomplishment
effort, exploit, feat
a notable achievement
masterpiece
an outstanding achievement
masterstroke
an achievement demonstrating great skill or mastery
credit
used in the phrase `to your credit' in order to indicate an achievement deserving praise
performance
any recognized accomplishment
record, track record
the sum of recognized accomplishments
accomplished fact, fait accompli
an irreversible accomplishment
going, sledding
advancing toward a goal
arrival, reaching
accomplishment of an objective
close call, close shave, narrow escape, squeak, squeaker
something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
attainment
the act of achieving an aim
freeing, liberation, release
the act of liberating someone or something
base on balls, pass, walk
(baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls
haymaking
taking full advantage of an opportunity while it lasts
face saver, face saving
an act that avoids a loss of face (of dignity or prestige)
enlisting, recruitment
the act of getting recruits; enlisting people for the army (or for a job or a cause etc.)
smooth
the act of smoothing
derring-do
brave and heroic feats
hit
(baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)
rally, rallying
the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort
stunt
a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
tour de force
a masterly or brilliant feat
overachievement
better than expected performance (better than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)
underachievement
poorer than expected performance (poorer than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)
attainment
arrival at a new stage
advent, coming
arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous)
record
an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport)
success
an attainment that is successful
course credit, credit
recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed; typically measured in semester hours
jail delivery
the use of force to liberate prisoners
accession, rise to power
the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position (especially the throne)
deregulating, deregulation
the act of freeing from regulation (especially from governmental regulations)
relief
the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged
disentanglement, extrication, unsnarling, untangling
the act of releasing from a snarled or tangled condition
emancipation
freeing someone from the control of another; especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child
clearing
the act of freeing from suspicion
manumission
the formal act of freeing from slavery
parole
(law) a conditional release from imprisonment that entitles the person to serve the remainder of the sentence outside the prison as long as the terms of release are complied with
probation
(law) a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court
Type of:
action
something done (usually as opposed to something said)

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