ac·​com·​plished | \ ə-ˈkäm-plisht How to pronounce accomplished (audio) , -ˈkəm- \

Definition of accomplished

1a : proficient as the result of practice or training an accomplished dancer also : skillfully done or produced an accomplished film
b : having many social accomplishments
2 : established beyond doubt or dispute an accomplished fact

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Examples of accomplished in a Sentence

She has the confidence of an accomplished athlete. He is one of the school's most accomplished graduates.
Recent Examples on the Web This showdown promises to be a hard-hitting affair featuring two of the nation’s most accomplished defenses. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021 The difference being, off screen, unlike Lee, a film school graduate and child of an accomplished session musician, Van Peebles led a remarkably large, rangy life. Christopher Borrelli,, 30 Sep. 2021 An accomplished musician, Cuda also served on the Cleveland Metropolitan school board while living there and has done work with the Heights Community Congress as well. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2021 Trapped inside the bulk of Wole Soyinka’s new novel, the Nobel laureate’s first in almost 50 years, is the story of a man who has risen from a rural backwater to become one of Nigeria’s most accomplished surgeons. Geoff Wisner, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2021 Proctor, arguably the most accomplished person onboard Inspiration4, won the Prosperity seat through a convoluted entrepreneurship competition that required contestants to create online stores on Isaacman’s Shift4Shop e-commerce platform. Scientific American, 23 Sep. 2021 Biles, the world’s most accomplished gymnast, won a bronze medal in balance beam at the Tokyo Olympics this summer but withdrew from most of the competition, citing mental duress. Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021 These days, most people might better recognize Heninger as an accomplished musician who plays in the regionally famous Black Jacket Symphony. Joseph Goodman |, al, 15 Aug. 2021 Previn, an accomplished jazz musician in his own right, may have been the one exception in his recording with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the London Symphony Orchestra. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of accomplished

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for accomplished

Middle English accomplysshed "fulfilled, highly educated or skilled," from past participle of accomplysshen "to accomplish"

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“Accomplished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accomplished

: very skillful : having or showing the skill of an expert
: very successful : having done or achieved many good or important things


ac·​com·​plished | \ ə-ˈkäm-plisht \

Kids Definition of accomplished

: skilled through practice or training : expert an accomplished dancer

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