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 Thankfully, plenty of other tools out there can accomplish this specific function. L.j. Kilgore, Ars Technica, "How to move your role-playing game nights online," 28 June 2020 Making one of the city’s densest—and priciest—neighborhoods even more of a tourist attraction wasn’t going to accomplish that. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, "Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Has Always Been in Flux," 26 June 2020 The city will also consider allocating financial resources to accomplish these goals, according to the resolution. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cudahy has declared racism a public health crisis. Here's what that means.," 24 June 2020 On this day in 2008, Seattle Mariners pitcher Félix Hernández hit a grand slam home run against New York Mets off Johan Santana in his 10th career at-bat, becoming the first AL pitcher to accomplish the feat in 37 years. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Remember when: Baltimore Orioles had two pitchers hit grand slams — in the same playoffs," 23 June 2020 The reality is Stam and FC Cincinnati can accomplish more than one thing in Orlando. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "MLS Is Back Tournament: Why FC Cincinnati is confident heading to Orlando," 23 June 2020 Barrios was the first to accomplish the feat since Leija in 1994. John Whisler,, "Trainer on S.A. boxer Josh Franco’s title chances: ‘This is his moment, his time’," 22 June 2020 Long, skinny food plots often accomplish this better than wide, fat plots. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips For Growing Successful Food Plots (And Keeping Deer on Your Property All Season Long)," 19 June 2020 So, Roberts came up with a unique way to accomplish both goals. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Texas Grandmother Writes Book to Help Great-Grandson Get Diabetic Alert Dog," 16 June 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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accomplish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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