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.
Recent Examples on the Web It was once expected that Grigor Dimitrov, the 28-year-old from Bulgaria, would have been rather familiar with playing into the later stages of a major, something he’s accomplished at this year’s U.S. Open. Van Sias, The Atlantic, "Grigor Dimitrov Takes His Shot," 6 Sep. 2019 After two full years in the Xfinity Series – and with 14 wins on a variety of tracks – there’s little else Bell can accomplish other than the season championship for Joe Gibbs Racing. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christopher Bell passes an important class in his NASCAR education with a Road America victory," 24 Aug. 2019 Abe, whose accomplished, irreverent pattern-making is the result of foundational years in Comme des Garçons’s Tokyo atelier, understands on an intuitive level that there’s energy in her collisions. Vogue, "The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress," 14 Aug. 2019 In 2010, Lamar Odom accomplished the feat for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball. Wayne Sterling, CNN, "Spain captures second FIBA basketball World Cup title," 15 Sep. 2019 The Diamondbacks did accomplish something on Friday, however. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks almost became something more than incredibly average," 13 Sep. 2019 Lieberman has accomplished this by tapping into growing resentment toward the power of ultra-Orthodox parties in the Israeli government. NBC News, "Avigdor Lieberman emerges as unlikely kingmaker of Israeli politics," 13 Sep. 2019 For one final note, Buster has finally accomplished the merging of /usr, which Debian has been working on for a long time. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "Debian 10: Playing catch-up with the rest of the Linux world (that’s a good thing)," 11 Sep. 2019 Now, New England accomplishes its goal and has to give up nothing in return. Cindy Boren, The Denver Post, "Randy Moss’ advice for Antonio Brown: “Put up or shut up” in New England," 8 Sep. 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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The first known use of accomplish was in the 15th century

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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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to speed up the process or progress of

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