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

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Other Words from accomplish

accomplishable \ ə-​ˈkäm-​pli-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce accomplishable (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.
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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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The first known use of accomplish was in the 15th century

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26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accomplish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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