achievement

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

Old French achevement, from the verb achever, achiever (to finish). Compare Modern French achèvement, English hatchment

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Noun[edit]

achievement (plural achievements)

  1. The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful performance; accomplishment; as, the achievement of his/her object.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess[1]:
      The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, so that the actual structure which had come down to posterity retained the secret magic of a promise rather than the overpowering splendour of a great architectural achievement.
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 171: 
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work. The achievement will transform neuroscience and serve as the starting point for asking questions we could not otherwise have answered, […].
  2. A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or praiseworthy exertion; a feat.
    • [The exploits] of the ancient saints [] do far surpass the most famous achievements of pagan heroes. - Isaac Barrow
    • The highest achievements of the human intellect. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
  3. (heraldry) An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment.
  4. (video games) An award for completing a particular task or meeting an objective in a video game.
    Finishing the game does not give you a 100% score until you have unlocked all of the achievements.

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