ac·​com·​plish | \ ə-ˈkäm-plish How to pronounce accomplish (audio) , -ˈkəm- How to pronounce accomplish (audio) \
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

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Other Words from accomplish

accomplishable \ ə-​ˈkäm-​pli-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce accomplishable (audio) , -​ˈkəm-​ \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The last to accomplish the feat was her coach, Brianne Barker-Groth, who won the award while playing for Amarillo High in 2006 and 2007. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Byron Nelson’s Paige Flickinger is named Gatorade state volleyball player of the year ... again," 14 Jan. 2020 You can only be expected to accomplish so much with Garrett Gilbert (or whoever the backup will be). Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Can the next Browns coach survive without a playoff appearance in 2020?," 9 Jan. 2020 Her inspiration for the museum, and her reason to accomplish most things in her life, came from her family. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elaine Eisner, 'godmother of the Milwaukee advertising community,' dies at 92," 8 Jan. 2020 Okay—that's still definitely a thing, but meal kits make breakfast, lunch, and dinner about a million times easier to accomplish these days. Glamour, "The 15 Best Meal-Delivery Services for Picky Eaters," 2 Jan. 2020 But following through with a New Year’s resolution is tough – according to one study, only 1 out of 5 people who make resolutions actually manage to accomplish them. Kristi Valentini, Good Housekeeping, "How to Stay on Top of Your New Year’s Resolutions," 1 Jan. 2020 Getty Images / Tero Vesalainen Every first day of the new year, thousands of Americans set goals and resolutions to accomplish for the next 12 months. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "The first Sunday in January is the biggest day of online dating all year," 31 Dec. 2019 This plan calls for increased synchronization across all components of the assault force—easy to accomplish given the small size of the element. Angry Staff Officer, Wired, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is a Lesson in Military Opposites," 24 Dec. 2019 The caveat is that many of today’s buyers may not have the desire, time, patience, experience, confidence or money to accomplish a major remodel. Steve Blank, The Denver Post, "Cocktail chattables: Home buyers and sellers are moving in different directions as needs and desires are re-evaluated," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of accomplish was in the 15th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accomplish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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How to pronounce accomplish (audio) How to pronounce accomplish (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of accomplish

: to succeed in doing (something)


ac·​com·​plish | \ ə-ˈkäm-plish How to pronounce accomplish (audio) \
accomplished; accomplishing

Kids Definition of accomplish

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

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