verb ac·com·plish \ ə-ˈkäm-plish , -ˈkəm- \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of accomplish

accomplished; accomplishing; accomplishes
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


play \-pli-shə-bəl\ adjective



Examples of accomplish in a Sentence

  1. There are several different ways to accomplish the same task.

  2. Exactly what he thought he would accomplish is unclear.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1complete

Synonym Discussion of 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

ACCOMPLISH Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of accomplish for English Language Learners

  • : to succeed in doing (something)

ACCOMPLISH Defined for Kids


verb ac·com·plish \ ə-ˈkäm-plish \

Definition of accomplish for Students

accomplished; accomplishing
: to succeed in doing or reaching
  • The club accomplished its goal of raising money.

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