ac·​com·​plish | \ ə-ˈkäm-plish How to pronounce accomplish (audio) , -ˈkəm- How to pronounce accomplish (audio) \
accomplished; accomplishing; accomplishes

Definition of accomplish

transitive verb

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 thoroughly
b : perfect

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accomplishable \ ə-​ˈkäm-​pli-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce accomplish (audio) , -​ˈkəm-​ \ adjective
accomplisher noun

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perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

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.
Recent Examples on the Web To accomplish their mission of connecting people, Facebook simplified the task to growing their ever-more connected userbase. Rob Reich, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 Getting Werner back, in addition to having 12 other seniors and 18 total players who have started in multiple varsity games, has D’Antuono excited for what his team can accomplish this fall. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, 10 Sep. 2021 So satisfying to hear someone else accomplish things. Catherine Mevs, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 The show will try to accomplish that with interviews and highlights interspersed with analysis but will also allow the hosts to provide energy by showing their personalities. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 Its unique products began to magnetically attract buyers within corporate marketing departments that wanted to digitize sales efforts and accomplish more design work in-house. Tom Spitale, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 It could have been used to accomplish tasks too risky for a living being, such as delivering food in a hostage situation or checking areas with high amounts of radiation. Mark Harris, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Derrick Henry needs 1,500 yards rushing and 15 rushing touchdowns to become the first player to accomplish that in three consecutive seasons. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Might even be easier to accomplish as the cream of the AAC, instead of trying to keep your head above water in the Big 12. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of accomplish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 complete entry 1

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13 Sep 2021

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“Accomplish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accomplish

: to succeed in doing (something)


ac·​com·​plish | \ ə-ˈkäm-plish How to pronounce accomplish (audio) \
accomplished; accomplishing

Kids Definition of accomplish

: to succeed in doing or reaching The club accomplished its goal of raising money.

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