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

n the action of accomplishing something

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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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