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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Afleet Alex most recently accomplished the feat in 2005. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Belmont Stakes 2019: Meet the contenders and watch them run," 3 June 2019 Google developed the Titan C chip specifically for Chrome OS devices, but the newer chip essentially accomplishes the same things as the Titan M chips inside Pixel 3 devices. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Pixel Slate review: Paying the “Google” premium for Chrome OS," 29 Nov. 2018 Performed as part of a pre-run warm-up, activation exercises are low-intensity movements that accomplish a few things. K. Aleisha Fetters, SELF, "Why You Should Do Butt Exercises Before Your Next Run," 31 July 2018 It is accomplished entirely by hand, with the autopilot off, in all weather conditions, sometimes with both airplanes blacked out. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 To accomplish this brand-new aesthetic, Serrano didn't top Kris's head with a wig right off the rack. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Kris Jenner's Hairstylist Reveals Why She Decided to Wear a Blonde Bob Two Hours Before the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The Pixel phones have traditionally had a two-tone look, accomplished in the past by a mostly metal back with a glass top. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 3 hands-on—Not the best first impression," 10 Oct. 2018 Of the 13 Triple Crown winners, Justify became just the second to accomplish the feat with an undefeated record, joining Seattle Slew (1977). Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Justify's journey from 'turf sprinter' to Triple Crown winner," 15 June 2018 And there was the time the Neato cleaned up half a pile of Dorito crumbs before returning to its base and happily declaring mission accomplished. David Pierce, WSJ, "Robot Vacuums Are Finally Good—Here’s Which One to Buy," 16 Dec. 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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