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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On top of that, Purdy is an accomplished athlete herself. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Trains to Be a World-Class Snowboarder," 12 Dec. 2018 None of us, now in our mid-forties and relatively accomplished in our careers, anticipated how inflexible our personalities had grown, or our need to direct the situation. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 The stokers will be piloted by four equally accomplished endurance athletes. Pam Kragen,, "Blind cycling team to ride across country," 16 June 2018 Kerr contributes all of his fees from speaking engagements — and companies and organizations clamor to have the charismatic, accomplished coach speak — to the Warriors Community Foundation. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steve Kerr’s other team: East Bay students headed for college," 5 June 2018 Camardo is not even the most accomplished athlete in his family — at least not at this point of his career. Bob Narang,, "Big goals: Mac Camardo's hot bat has Buffalo Grove aiming for state," 7 May 2018 Fishing is best left to shore breaks for all but the most accomplished anglers. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "Five Things to Know Before Running a Wild River," 11 Aug. 2017 Some of the worst musical offenses, though, have been committed by some of the most accomplished writers and performers of our times. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Like a Rolling Christmas Stone," 14 Dec. 2018 Perhaps the most accomplished athlete in recent memory at Indiana University, Lilly King earned a second-straight Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year award. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "IU swimmer Lilly King repeats as Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year," 28 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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