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verb ac·com·plish \ə-ˈkäm-plish, -ˈkəm-\

Simple Definition of accomplish

  • : to succeed in doing (something)

Full Definition of accomplish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring about (a result) by effort <have much to accomplish today>

  3. 2 :  to bring to completion :  fulfill <accomplish a job>

  4. 3 :  to succeed in reaching (a stage in a progression) <would starve before accomplishing half the distance — W. H. Hudson †1922>

  5. 4 archaic a :  to equip thoroughly b :  perfect

ac·com·plish·ableplay \-pli-shə-bəl\ adjective
ac·com·plish·er noun

Examples of accomplish

  1. There are several different ways to accomplish the same task.

  2. Exactly what he thought he would accomplish is unclear.

Origin of accomplish

Middle English accomplisshen, from Anglo-French accompliss-, stem of accomplir, from Vulgar Latin *accomplēre, from Latin ad- + complēre to fill up — more at complete

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of accomplish

perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill <performed gymnastics>. execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent <executed the hit-and-run>. discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks <discharged his duties>. accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out <accomplished everything they set out to do>. achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties <achieve greatness>. effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles <effected sweeping reforms>. fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities <fulfilled their ambitions>.

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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