Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) a significant point in the development or history of someone/something
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    • reach/achieve a significant milestone
  • Analysis
    A 'milestone' is literally a stone beside a road marking the distance in miles between one place and another. The noun 'milestone' can also refer figuratively to a particular or significant stage in the development or execution of something. "Children should reach certain developmental milestones as they grow older." A 'milestone' can also mark a particular moment of change. "This is a milestone for the African-American community who have been campaigning for this moment for years."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Completing her degree was a significant milestone in Alice's life. It opened up a whole new set of opportunities for her.
    2. I was never one for setting milestones. I'm much more happy to go with the flow.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Eddie had a number of milestones that he wished to reach as CEO. One of them was to expand the company into international markets.
    2. Taking time out each year to identify milestones your employees wish to achieve helps them stay on target with their career goals.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The revolutionary new cryptocurrency software program was a milestone in the industry, and marked a change in how companies handled financial transactions going forward.
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