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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Other Words from accomplish

accomplishable \ -​pli-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce accomplishable (audio) \ 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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Mark Richt won 10 games his final season in Athens, making the 10th time the Bulldogs accomplished that in Richt’s 15 years – without winning what would have been the program’s first national championship since Herschel Walker in 1980. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Georgia football aims to 'do more' to pass Alabama as SEC's top Dawg," 16 July 2019 Coincidentally, Summerhays claimed the title of youngest and first repeat champion from his uncle Daniel Summerhays, who accomplished the feat at 17 in 2000 and 2001. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Preston Summerhays, 16, youngest player to repeat as Utah State Amateur golf champion," 15 July 2019 At the time, the left fielder, born and raised a few miles from Paw Paw on his father’s grape farm in Lawton, became only the fifth player in baseball history to accomplish the feat. Bill Dow, Detroit Free Press, "How Tigers' Charlie Maxwell became 'Sunday Charlie,' one sabbath blast at a time," 14 July 2019 If all the Reds staff accomplished this year were to keep more baseballs out of the Small Park stands, Johnson would have done his job. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Is the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff waning? We're about to find out.," 14 July 2019 The speech is widely regarded as the most moving and powerful explanation for space exploration, delivered in a style that only Kennedy could accomplish, detailed but sweeping, cautious but aggressive. Samantha Masunaga,, "Could the Apollo 11 moon landing be duplicated today? ‘Lots of luck with that’," 14 July 2019 Imagine how much more Esperanza and other nonprofit organizations could have accomplished if they hadn’t been compelled to pressure bureaucrats, commissions and elected leaders to do the right thing? Elaine Ayala,, "A shrine to conjunto music on San Antonio’s West Side will rise again," 13 July 2019 Jeanne Brodsky, office manager at Strictly Reptiles, said a sales ban would accomplish nothing, given how well-established iguanas are already. David Fleshler,, "Florida refuses to ban iguana sales, despite calling on landowners to kill them," 12 July 2019 The Igwes hoped to accomplish all of this within a year. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019

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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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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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