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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What changed most dramatically at Ohio State this year was that the school had the audacity to publicly embarrass the most accomplished active coach not named Nick Saban. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Urban Meyer Just Became the Biggest Free Agent in College Sports," 4 Dec. 2018 Having seen enough art to feel accomplished, settle into the green space. New York Times, "Things to Do in New York That Are Not the Governors Ball," 31 May 2018 Willie Bueno, one of the most accomplished football coaches in Palm Beach County history, has stepped down after seven seasons with Royal Palm Beach. Wells Dusenbury,, "Royal Palm Beach football coach Willie Bueno steps down after seven seasons," 11 Apr. 2018 Those on board included Owen’s mother, an accomplished coach; Owen’s older sister, Maribel, and Maribel’s pairs skating partner, Dudley Richards; 1961 U.S. Championship bronze medalist Rhode Lee Michelson; and coaches Edi Scholdan and Daniel Ryan. Kelyn Soong, Washington Post, "The terrible plane crash that devastated U.S. figure skating — and still shapes it today," 20 Feb. 2018 As an accomplished skier, Frederik once had his own Olympic dreams. Caris Davis,, "Denmark's Prince Frederik Rushes Home From Olympics as Dad Prince Henrik's Condition Worsens," 9 Feb. 2018 But their joyous life together came to an end in February 2012, when Prince Friso, an accomplished skier, was buried under an avalanche in the Austrian Alps. Darren Walker, Town & Country, "Princess Mabel of the Netherlands Has Devoted Herself to Ending the Scourge of Child Marriage," 17 Jan. 2017 The 35-year-old is often spotted on red carpets, and has an accomplished career as a professional equestrian, despite breaking her back twice. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Michael Bloomberg's Daughters Think of His Decision Not to Run for President," 9 Mar. 2019 Opens September 28, 2018 Sterling Ruby: Ceramics at the Museum of Arts and Design New York, New York Prepare for a bevy of vases, ashtrays, and more in this exhibition focused on the accomplished contemporary artist. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "12 of the Best Design Exhibitions to See This Fall," 18 Sep. 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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