Definition of accomplished

1a : proficient as the result of practice or training an accomplished dancer also : skillfully done or produced an accomplished film
b : having many social accomplishments
2 : established beyond doubt or dispute an accomplished fact

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Examples of accomplished in a Sentence

She has the confidence of an accomplished athlete. He is one of the school's most accomplished graduates.

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Last spring, Frances Halsband—one of New York City’s most respected and accomplished architects—was having the same conversation over and over again: What the hell is going on in architecture? Diana Budds, Curbed, "Inside the AIA’s efforts to address #MeToo," 5 Aug. 2019 But do these smart and accomplished congresswomen have the strength to remain silent? Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: Democrats gave Donald Trump a gift. Now, take it back.," 18 July 2019 His experience playing in midfield has equipped Justin with significant technical prowess, with the youngster being an accomplished and composed passer of the ball., "James Justin: 5 Things You Need to Know About Leicester's Prospective New Signing," 28 June 2019 McGlinchey, listed at 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, is similar in size and skillset to Staley, 34, who was an accomplished sprinter in high school. Eric Branch,, "49ers tackles McGlinchey and Staley are bookends on and off the field," 30 July 2019 But who would have imagined one of the most accomplished rock bands of the 21st century would be based in Wisconsin and share a name with a menu section at Denny's? Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's Skillet has quietly become one of the most successful rock bands in the world," 30 July 2019 Gilchrist, who also has traveled the world as an accomplished surfer, remembers only parts of the harrowing night. Daily Pilot, "Newport Harbor High grad Kaleigh Gilchrist recalls balcony accident at world championships," 29 July 2019 Position: Centre Back FIFA 19 Rating: 74 FIFA 20 Predicted Rating: 75 A very accomplished defender, indeed., "FIFA 20: Every New York Red Bulls Player's Predicted Ultimate Team Rating," 13 July 2019 The Americans are the most accomplished women’s team in the world, the defending World Cup champion. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Women’s World Cup Preview: United States vs. France," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of accomplished

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for accomplished

Middle English accomplysshed "fulfilled, highly educated or skilled," from past participle of accomplysshen "to accomplish"

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English Language Learners Definition of accomplished

: very skillful : having or showing the skill of an expert
: very successful : having done or achieved many good or important things


ac·​com·​plished | \ ə-ˈkäm-plisht\

Kids Definition of accomplished

: skilled through practice or training : expert an accomplished dancer

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