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[uh-kom-plish] /əˈkɒm plɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to bring to its goal or conclusion; carry out; perform; finish:
to accomplish one's mission.
to complete (a distance or period of time):
to have accomplished the age of 70; We accomplished the journey in little more than an hour.
Archaic. to provide polish to; perfect.
Origin of accomplish
1350-1400; Middle English, earlier accomplice < Middle French accompliss-, stem of acomplir, equivalent to a- ac- + complirLatin complēre to fill; see complete, -ish2
Related forms
accomplishable, adjective
accomplisher, noun
preaccomplish, verb (used with object)
unaccomplishable, adjective
Can be confused
accomplice, accomplish.
1. complete, fulfill; execute, effect. See do1 . Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This was all that Cauchon had been able to accomplish after more than two months' labor.

    Women of Medival France Pierce Butler
  • But that was the last act of destruction that the Banshee was destined to accomplish.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • At its best, one is not more wonderful than the other, and both aim to accomplish the same end—the relief of human suffering.

    The Untroubled Mind Herbert J. Hall
  • It was a specific device of leading churchmen to accomplish an object.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The fact is that it takes many generations of ardent minds to accomplish what at first each thinks himself capable of doing alone.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
British Dictionary definitions for accomplish


/əˈkɒmplɪʃ; əˈkʌm-/
verb (transitive)
to manage to do; achieve
to conclude successfully; complete
Derived Forms
accomplishable, adjective
accomplisher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French acomplir to complete, ultimately from Latin complēre to fill up. See complete
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Word Origin and History for accomplish

late 14c., from Old French acompliss-, present participle stem of acomplir "to fulfill, fill up, complete" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *accomplere, from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + complere "fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Related: Accomplished; accomplishing.

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