ac·​com·​plished | \ ə-ˈkäm-plisht How to pronounce accomplished (audio) , -ˈkəm- \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jake Paul is a boxer, too, and more accomplished than his older brother, with a 3–0 record compiled against an increasingly credible series of opponents. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 5 June 2021 This sixth feature is Andersson’s most stunningly accomplished. Armond White, National Review, 5 May 2021 His solemnity suggested the disorienting turn that events had taken lately for a man whose governorship, while not exactly overflowing with accomplishments, had until recently seemed accomplished enough. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Again, this was all accomplished in a short time frame. Maria Minor, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 So accomplished was the transformation that the Red Pig—starting fifth on the grid and battling against far lighter and more agile competitors—took first in its class and second place overall. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Mar. 2021 In 2016, Hillary Clinton, an extremely accomplished and immensely qualified public servant, was once again caught in the trap. Elizabeth Warren, Fortune, 24 May 2021 Our annual Women to Watch project showcases the most accomplished, ambitious, powerful, memorable and intriguing women in the Baltimore area., 24 May 2021 Roger Hawkins, one of the most influential, accomplished and danceable drummers in American music history, has died. Matt Wake |, al, 20 May 2021

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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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The first known use of accomplished was in the 15th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Accomplished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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