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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While New York is traditionally a mecca of sorts for basketball, the city has not produced much NBA talent in recent years; Walker is arguably the most accomplished New York native currently playing in the league. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why All-Star Kemba Walker’s New York ties should worry Charlotte Hornets," 13 July 2018 That band was the Violent Femmes, then unknown, but today, the most accomplished rock group to come out of Brew City. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde talks new projects, her take on #MeToo, before Milwaukee show," 5 July 2018 Davis heads to Indiana as the most accomplished boys golfer in Chesterton history. Mike Hutton,, "A season to remember: Chesterton's Mitch Davis named the 2018 Post-Tribune Boys Golfer of the Year," 29 June 2018 When starting a new role, even the most accomplished professionals worry about underperforming and getting the boot. Michelle Goodman, The Seattle Times, "New on the job? How to get over imposter syndrome," 25 June 2018 The tragic death of his 19-month-old daughter added another twist to the life of the US’s most accomplished male ski racer, Bode Miller. Rachel G. Bowers,, "The ups and downs of Bode Miller," 12 June 2018 LeBron James has already put together one of the most accomplished NBA careers the game has ever seen. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "LeBron James says his greatest achievement would be playing in the NBA with his son," 11 June 2018 Farabee’s casualty list doesn’t include Quinn Brett, one of the most accomplished female climbers in the world, who was paralyzed in October in a 100-foot fall. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Witness to death plunge of 2 climbers on El Capitan describes horrific final moments," 10 June 2018 Alistair Overeem is one of the most accomplished heavyweight fighters in MMA history. Todd Martin,, "Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes live round-by-round coverage," 10 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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