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
  1. noun
    the action of accomplishing something
    synonyms: accomplishment
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    beachhead, foothold
    an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
    an easy accomplishment
    effort, exploit, feat
    a notable achievement
    an outstanding achievement
    an achievement demonstrating great skill or mastery
    used in the phrase `to your credit' in order to indicate an achievement deserving praise
    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
    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
    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.)
    the act of smoothing
    brave and heroic feats
    (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)
    rally, rallying
    the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort
    a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
    tour de force
    a masterly or brilliant feat
    better than expected performance (better than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)
    poorer than expected performance (poorer than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)
    arrival at a new stage
    advent, coming
    arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous)
    an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport)
    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)
    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
    freeing someone from the control of another; especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child
    the act of freeing from suspicion
    the formal act of freeing from slavery
    (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
    (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
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    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
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