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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Zara is an accomplished equestrian and even won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics as a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team. Erin Hill,, "Zara Tindall Says She's 'Lucky' Her Parents Chose Not to Give Her a Royal Title," 4 June 2018 While dealing with the illness, Mathews finished art school, got married, became an accomplished equestrian and now is a full-time artist. Kate Thayer,, "Bipolar 'is not a death sentence:' Art exhibit aims to reduce stigma," 16 May 2018 Zara, an accomplished equestrian, won a silver medal as a member of the Great Britain eventing team at the London 2012 Olympics. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Who Is the Queen's Oldest Granddaughter, Zara Tindall?," 15 May 2018 The list of accomplished and relatively affordable South and Central American players goes on and on. Patrick Brennan,, "Why FC Cincinnati will target South, Central America for building MLS roster," 10 July 2018 But the venues are bound to get bigger, and in turn, Soccer Mommy could prove to be incredibly accomplished and influential. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best of Summerfest Day 11: Cheap Trick, Anderson East, Boz Scaggs, Soccer Mommy & more," 8 July 2018 Her parents, Shirley Robinson and Ned MacCloskey, were both accomplished pianists; her father also taught English at Boston University. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Rebecca Parris, Jazz Singer, Is Dead at 66," 22 June 2018 Normally, more accomplished handling and off-road abilities mean a less comfortable ride, but that's not the case here. Mark Takahashi, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares subcompact crossover SUVs Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 29 June 2018 Pratt is an accomplished painter and sculptor and previously designed a memorial in Denver that commemorates the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado. Author: Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, "Design chosen for first national monument to Native American veterans," 27 June 2018

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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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