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 Sankey is proud of how much the SEC has already been able to accomplish. Giana Han, al, "SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey ‘shaken’ by week’s events," 11 Nov. 2020 The task force reportedly wanted to get complete daily data from hospitals; something CDC officials hadn’t been able to accomplish because of the diversity of the datasets coming in. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Three ways the US CDC can regain the public’s trust," 9 Nov. 2020 But the president-elect’s major challenge is to unite a divided country, a feat that few modern presidents have been able to accomplish. Dallas News, "Can Joe Biden unite the nation after Trump, plus more takeaways from fascinating 2020 elections," 9 Nov. 2020 Bolton: There are undoubtedly a good amount of fans appreciative for what Leach was able to accomplish, coming to WSU after some mighty struggles and eventually turning WSU into a perennial bowl team. oregonlive, "What is Oregon State facing in a retooled, Nick Rolovich-coached Washington State? Q and A with a Cougar beat writer," 4 Nov. 2020 To accomplish this, the administration would leverage tools like offering tax credits to renewable companies offering high labor standards such as the option to join a union. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "This election could decide the climate’s future," 29 Oct. 2020 The best ingredients to accomplish this are the same fixes that work for acne — exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: A Complete Guide for Smaller-Looking Pores," 29 Oct. 2020 To accomplish this, ProPublica reporter Jodi Cohen, Chicago Tribune reporter Jennifer Smith Richards and I combed through more than 20,000 expense items from the state comptroller. Ash Ngu, ProPublica, "The Questionable Line Items of Illinois’ COVID-19 Spending," 29 Oct. 2020 The Duke marveled at how much the world has been able to accomplish through innovation, like air travel and vaccines, but also noted that humankind's impact on the globe is speeding up climate change. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Prince William urges leaders to take action against climate change in his first Ted Talk," 11 Oct. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Accomplish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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