ac·com·plish | \ə-ˈkäm-plish, -ˈkəm- \
accomplished; accomplishing; accomplishes

Definition of accomplish 

transitive verb

1 : to bring about (a result) by effort have much to accomplish today

2 : to bring to completion : fulfill accomplish a job

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

4 archaic

a : to equip thoroughly

b : perfect

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Other Words from accomplish

accomplishable \-pli-shə-bəl \ adjective
accomplisher noun

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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

Examples of accomplish in a Sentence

There are several different ways to accomplish the same task. Exactly what he thought he would accomplish is unclear.

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Azar said that can usually be accomplished by checking paperwork, such as birth certificates and consular documents. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Trump administration vows to reunite nearly 3,000 separated families per judge's order," 5 July 2018 The march and rally also celebrated what has been accomplished by the Washington State Poor People’s Campaign, which is based in Olympia. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Police arrest 7 in downtown Seattle during march calling for social change," 24 June 2018 Brace yourself to watch Iniesta, David Silva, and Isco paper-cut all comers to death with their mesmeric passing patterns in a style previously accomplished only by star FIFA 18 gamers on Twitch. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 Since announcing his candidacy in 2016, Wagner has tried to paint Wolf as a tax-and-spend liberal who lacks the leadership skills required to get important work accomplished in the Capitol., "Pa. Sen. Scott Wagner resigning his seat to focus on governor's race," 30 May 2018 No other major political group in Jewish life has accomplished that. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 What’s the point of staying in Washington unless the GOP wants to accomplish something? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Senate in Repose," 15 June 2018 Understanding what life is like living in the Midwest and really having those dreams, and wanting to get to the city and wanting to accomplish them. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Before Indianapolis concert, Lea Michele talks local origins of iconic ‘Glee’ character," 5 June 2018 Callahan’s Step 9 trek to make amends is accomplished with remarkable ease, and his support group is a haven of simpatico sufferers. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of accomplish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accomplish

Middle English acomplicen, accomplisshen, borrowed from Anglo-French acomplis-, stem of acomplir, acumplir, from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + complir, cumplir "to complete, fulfill," going back (with conjugation change) to Latin complēre "to fill up, complete" — more at complete entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of accomplish

: to succeed in doing (something)


ac·com·plish | \ə-ˈkäm-plish \
accomplished; accomplishing

Kids Definition of accomplish

: to succeed in doing or reaching The club accomplished its goal of raising money.

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evasion of direct action or statement

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