accomplish

verb
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

Choose the Right Synonym for accomplish

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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And there was the time the Neato cleaned up half a pile of Dorito crumbs before returning to its base and happily declaring mission accomplished. David Pierce, WSJ, "Robot Vacuums Are Finally Good—Here’s Which One to Buy," 16 Dec. 2018 Harrison and his brother, Shaquille, a guard for the Phoenix Suns, recently accomplished the rare feat of siblings playing two different sports at the pro level at the same time. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "A skilled three-sport star, the Marlins' top prospect might be baseball's most athletic," 9 July 2018 Looper also accomplished a feat rarely seen on any level of baseball. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge junior Josh Olsufka captures baseball Player of the Year," 20 June 2018 After a particularly intense workout, take a moment to admire your strength and everything your body can accomplish. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "The Best 7 Masturbation Tips to Get You Super Turned On When You're Solo," 23 Mar. 2019 But there are technologies, some already in deployment, which can accomplish this without fossil-fuel generators.... WSJ, "A Better Grid Is Possible for Green New Deal," 4 Mar. 2019 The low friction of ice is why speedskaters can reach 35 mph, why figure skaters can twirl in dizzying circles, and why a 40-pound curling stone can glide and accomplish whatever the heck the point of curling is. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 Known for rarely seeking the spotlight but accomplishing enormous amounts — including moving Steppenwolf productions to Broadway — Binder retired last year as a consequence of his health issues. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Steppenwolf Theatre will host memorial service for manager Claude Binder, dead at 65," 12 July 2018 To accomplish such a feat, Oppo crafted an 8.6mm triple-camera system that includes a 48MP main lens and an 120-degree ultra-wide lens along with a 160mm zoom lens. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Oppo's phone tech goes futuristic with 5G and a 10X lossless zoom camera," 23 Feb. 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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accomplish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accomplish

: to succeed in doing (something)

accomplish

verb
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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