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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Chowdhury said, adding that Moran was himself a very accomplished and respected mountaineer who has been coming to the Indian Himalayas for many years. NBC News, "Survival chances fade for missing mountaineering group in Himalayas," 4 June 2019 The intimate and spare setting keeps the spotlight on the man behind the sushi counter: Chef Shunji, one of the most accomplished Japanese chefs in Los Angeles. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Sushi Restaurants in Los Angeles," 27 Feb. 2018 One of the most accomplished interior artists of the 19th century was an American: Walter Gay. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Why You Need to Start Collecting Interior Drawings," 19 Apr. 2019 Svedson, for her part, is also an accomplished leader. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Glenn Weiss, Hero Proposer, Is a Veteran Awards Show Director," 18 Sep. 2018 Those who knew him best, remembered Timothy Cunningham as an accomplished young man who had so much to give. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "EXCLUSIVE: CDC researcher had personal struggles before suicide," 4 June 2018 This was no small detail or throwaway comment hidden away somewhere in paragraphs of text about what the accomplished former Monaco man will bring to Anfield., "Why Liverpool Did Not 'Beat' Man Utd to Summer Capture of £39m Midfielder Fabinho," 30 May 2018 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

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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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