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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun achievement:


Achievement is a member of the word family achieve, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun achievement

What does achievement mean as a name of something?

Achievement is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: achievements

  1. the action of accomplishing something
    • examples: The manager complimented him on his achievement. | It is quite an achievement! | Great difficulties stand in the way of its achievement. | As a result, it is undeniable that important disciplines and moral education have been neglected. By placing excessive importance on scholastic achievement, many parents have forgotten such basic social courtesies as consideration for others. | The great difficulties stand in the way of its achievement. | The moon landing was a monumental achievement. | Working in a society gives women both hardship and achievement, but the daily chores at home don't seem to give them fulfillment. | Kudos for your outstanding achievement! | You shall receive two certificates of achievement. | Their climbing of Mt. Everest was a great achievement.
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of achievement: accomplishment
    • more generic word: action = something done
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun achievement


  1. The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful performance; accomplishment; as, the 'achievement' of his/her object.
  2. A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or praiseworthy exertion; a feat.
  3. [heraldry] An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment. - Cussans
  4. [video games] An award for completing a particular task or meeting an objective.

Specialised definition of the noun achievement

Glossary of sports

the successful completion of something demanding (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Achievement" a.k.a. "Saadhanai" is a 1986 Indian Tamil film directed by A. S. Pragasam, starring Sivaji Ganesan, his son Prabhu Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya and Nalini in primary roles.


"Achievement" is a book by E. Temple Thurston.


  1. "Achievement" is a musical album of International Falls.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  2. "Achievement" is a composition.


  1. Achievement: In video gaming parlance, an achievement, also sometimes known as a trophy, badge, award, stamp, medal or challenge, is a meta-goal defined outside of a game's parameters. Unlike the systems of quests or levels that usually define the goals of a video game and have a direct effect on further gameplay, the management of achievements usually takes place outside the confines of the game environment and architecture. Meeting the fulfillment conditions, and receiving recognition of fulfillment by the game, is referred to as unlocking the achievement. Despite the usual connotations of the term, unlocking an achievement does not generally pave the way for future actions with the same achievement.
  2. Achievement: An achievement in heraldry is a full display of all the heraldic components to which the bearer of a coat of arms is entitled.
  3. Achievement was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. In a career that lasted from April 1866 to June 1868 she ran twenty-three times and won sixteen races. She was arguably the best British two-year-old of either sex in 1866 when she won eleven times and was only beaten when attempting to concede weight to colts. As a three-year-old she won the Classic 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and then returned from a surprising defeat in the Epsom Oaks to beat the Epsom Derby winner Hermit in the St Leger at Doncaster. After failing to show her best form in 1868 she was retired to stud and died four years later.
    • born in (151 years ago)
  4. Achievement: The feat which has been achieved.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Achievement

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Google previewSemantics (2011)

by Kate Kearns

Achievements are classified as telic, but rather than having a telos, an achievement is a kind of telos. Upper and lower limits on...

Given that an achievement is an event boundary rather than a 'full' event, it is non-durative. The properties of the ...

Google previewMeritocratic Education and Social Worthlessness (2012)

by K. Lampert

Furthermore, the common sense includes no parameter of comparison between children – an academic achievement is the generation of something new that wasn't there before, and thus is wholly unrelated to others. Any manifestation of a ...

Google previewDiversity Vs. Racism (2012)

A Challenge to Mankind by Johnny Ishmel Henry

Achievement is the personification of triumph.

Google previewSelf-Esteem Research, Theory, and Practice (2006)

Toward a Positive Psychology of Self-Esteem, Third Edition by Christopher J. J. Mruk, PhD

The relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement is a good example of this paradox in action. First, there are those who see...

In this case, academic achievement is the independent variable that affects self-esteem. If so, then ...

Google previewHandbook of Research on ICT-Enabled Transformational Government: A Global Perspective (2009)

A Global Perspective by Weerakkody, Vishanth

The crucial achievement is that the way of thinking has been changed and as a consequence information management and sharing has improved. The results of the project also directly influence the e-governmentinitiatives of all forms; more ...

Google previewAdvances in Biomedical Engineering (1993)

Results of the 4th EC Medical and Health Research Programme by J. E. W. Beneken, Viviane Thévenin

A second achievement is the new format to bring in the data. Although sheet forms are available, data can be...

A third achievement is that the techniques to record blood pressure have largely ...

Google previewThe National Stage (1992)

Theatre and Cultural Legitimation in England, France, and America by Loren Kruger

Chapter Four "The Greatest Achievement Is the Creation of an Audience" The terms articulating these tensions recall that between a locally identified theatre populaire or proletaire and a reconciliatory, ideally universal theatre dupeuple in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

Definition The term achievement motivation may be defined by independently considering the words achievement and motivation. Achievement refers to competence (a condition or quality of effectiveness, ability, sufficiency, or success ).

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine (2006)

by Michael Kent

achievement 1 The ...

Google previewDictionary of Theories, Laws, and Concepts in Psychology (1998)

by Jon E. Roeckelein

ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION, THEORY OF 5 Druckman, D. (Ed.) (1977). Negotiations: Social psychological perspectives. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage. Reber, A. (1995). The Penguin dictionary of psychology. New York: Penguin Books.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Psychology (2008)

by Neil J. Salkind

Achievement Motives An achievement motive is a dispositional motivational tendency to energize competence-relevant behavior and orient individuals toward success or failure possibilities. Two primary achievement motives have been ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology (2012)

by Thomas H. Ollendick, Carolyn S. Schroeder

DEFINITION Academic achievement is defined as the knowledge and skills that an individual learns through direct instruction. Achievement tests measure what a person has learned, whereas aptitude tests (including tests of intelligence) ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012)

by James A. Banks

The term achievement gap is used to describe the disparities in educational outcomes between students of differing demographic characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, and immigration status. For the ...

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Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement. (John Hope)
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Scrabble value of A1C3H4I1E1V4E1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 11-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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