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Definition of achievement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a thing that someone has done successfully, especially using their own effort and skill the greatest scientific achievement of the decade It was a remarkable achievement for such a young player. They were proud of their children's achievements. AWL Collocationsachieveachieve verbto succeed in reaching a particular goal, status, or standard, especially by making an effort for a long timeaim, goal, objective resultLeaders are truly effective in achieving organizational objectives only when they are motivated by a concern for to attempt to, try to, strive to be able to be difficult to be necessary toWoodward concludes that economic policy broadly failed to achieve its goals of low unemployment and low inflation. An accurate estimate of their numbers is difficult to achieve.achievement nouna thing that someone has done successfully; the act or process of achieving somethingacademic, educational, scholastic technologicalNo significant differences in academic achievement were found.impressive, notable, remarkableThis agreement is a remarkable achievement from both a scientific and a social perspective.achievable adjectiveeasily, readilyWeb-based simulations can generate insights not readily achievable by other means.goal, objectiveSelf-esteem arises from reaching out for difficult but achievable goals.
  2. 2[uncountable] the act or process of achieving something the need to raise standards of achievement in education Even a small success gives you a sense of achievement (= a feeling of pride).
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