accomplish

verb
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
b : perfect

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Other Words from accomplish

accomplishable \ -​pli-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce accomplishable (audio) \ adjective
accomplisher noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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To accomplish such a feat, Oppo crafted an 8.6mm triple-camera system that includes a 48MP main lens and an 120-degree ultra-wide lens along with a 160mm zoom lens. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Oppo's phone tech goes futuristic with 5G and a 10X lossless zoom camera," 23 Feb. 2019 There's not much left for the state's career scoring leader to accomplish in high school. Sandy Ringer, The Seattle Times, "Big-time talent, small town: Kittitas’ Brock Ravet looking for one more title before going to Gonzaga," 19 Feb. 2019 Who among my friends is willing to sacrifice her career and comfort to accomplish these tiny victories of virtue? Alden Wicker, Vox, "The spare button represents all the ways we fail to be good consumers," 14 Dec. 2018 That task force appears to have accomplished little. Fox News, "Homeland Security finds suspected phone surveillance devices in Washington," 2 Oct. 2018 To accomplish this, the design duo recommends layering light fixtures–sconces and overhead styles—complete with a dimmer. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "5 Restaurant Design Trends Making Their Way Into Your Home Now," 17 Aug. 2018 There is always another project or goal to accomplish. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "IndyHub's executive director Molly Chavers is stepping down," 25 June 2018 But Newman said that Intel isn’t thinking about how fast the CPU accomplishes a single task, but how responsive the laptop is with multiple files and applications open simultaneously. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow," 7 Jan. 2019 The lack of any details contributed to an air of skepticism in Washington about what Trump accomplished, and not just from Democrats. Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg.com, "Trump-Kim Summit Stirs Skepticism as Next Steps Remain Unclear," 12 June 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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accomplish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accomplish

: to succeed in doing (something)

accomplish

verb
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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