Definition of accomplish
1 : to bring about (a result) by effort have much to accomplish today
2 : to bring to completion : fulfill accomplish a job
3 : to succeed in reaching (a stage in a progression) would starve before accomplishing half the distance — W. H. Hudson †1922
4 archaic a : to equip thoroughlyb : perfect
accomplishableplay \-pli-shə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of accomplish in a Sentence
There are several different ways to accomplish the same task.
Exactly what he thought he would accomplish is unclear.
Origin and Etymology of accomplish
Middle English acomplicen, accomplisshen, borrowed from Anglo-French acomplis-, stem of acomplir, acumplir, from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + complir, cumplir “to complete, fulfill,” going back (with conjugation change) to Latin complēre “to fill up, complete” — more at 1complete
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of accomplish
ACCOMPLISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of accomplish for English Language Learners
: to succeed in doing (something)
ACCOMPLISH Defined for Kids
Definition of accomplish for Students
: to succeed in doing or reaching The club accomplished its goal of raising money.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up accomplish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).