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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Luckily, Dancing With the Stars: Juniors, on which Kenzie is currently competing, accomplished that feat by bringing the sisters onto the same stage to perform a song by none other than Sia. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler Danced to Sia During "Dancing With the Stars: Juniors"," 19 Nov. 2018 The point is to rethink what a pickup truck can accomplish, both on and off the road. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Bollinger B2 Is the Beefy Electric Truck We've Been Waiting For," 10 Oct. 2018 Mission accomplished as the Lady Eagles clinched the Class A championship with a victory over Bishop McLaughlin (Spring Hill). Emmett Hall,, "Calvary Christian girls repeat as state beach volleyball champions," 17 June 2018 SpaceX finally accomplished that feat in September 2008, opening the floodgates of private investment. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Video: “Delta V,” our new series on all the happenings in the heavens, is live," 20 Sep. 2018 But Indianapolis may accomplish just that with the introduction of its Red Line bus service next year. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation," 18 Sep. 2018 Legally gray, sure, but like the MPAA’s longstanding battle against piracy, Nintendo’s move will undoubtedly accomplish nothing against the hydra of ROM sites out there. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Forza 7 removes loot boxes, Forsaken remastered, and Nintendo sues ROM sites," 27 July 2018 With the benefit of a UC education, these accomplished young people from different backgrounds, with diverse beliefs and aspirations, will make California and the world a better place. Teresa Watanabe,, "UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students," 11 July 2018 This recipe easily accomplishes that, with very little work and without a grill. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 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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a knickknack or trinket

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