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[ uh-kom-plish ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to bring to its goal or conclusion; carry out; perform; finish:

    to accomplish one's mission.

    Synonyms: effect, execute, fulfill, complete

  2. 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.

  3. Archaic. to provide polish to; perfect.


/ əˈkɒmplɪʃ; əˈkʌm- /


  1. to manage to do; achieve
  2. to conclude successfully; complete

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Derived Forms

  • acˈcomplisher, noun
  • acˈcomplishable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ac·complish·a·ble adjective
  • ac·complish·er noun
  • preac·complish verb (used with object)
  • unac·complish·a·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of accomplish1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French accompliss-, stem of acomplir, equivalent to a- ac- + complir, ultimately from Latin complēre “to fill”; complete, -ish 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of accomplish1

C14: from Old French acomplir to complete, ultimately from Latin complēre to fill up. See complete

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Synonym Study

See do 1.

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Example Sentences

More important, to save bee populations, Stamets’s solution has to be widely adopted, a feat he hopes to accomplish by recruiting the efforts of millions of citizen scientists.

If companies are serious about accomplishing these goals, it’s crucial that they first understand the common reasons that fuel the participation gap so they can tailor initiatives accordingly.

The US has the resources, physical and financial, to accomplish this transformation.

From Quartz

Criminal prosecution and civil litigation accomplish different goals.

From Vox

One way to accomplish that is by opening the doors to telemedicine at a global scale.

From Fortune

They were able to move forward, accomplish goals, and meet friends.

Like I said, in spite of or because of my circumstances, I was able to accomplish my dreams.

And yet, ultimately, the Supreme Court holds the power to uphold or undo what it has taken him years to accomplish.

It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.

Leaving the body consciously is a feat only a fully liberated master with no more karma can accomplish.

If we can free this State of Yankees, we will accomplish more than your armies down south have.

Jacob cheated his brother out of the parental blessing, and lied about God, and lied to his father to accomplish his end.

Steam machinery would accomplish more than nine-tenths of all the work, besides saving the expense of all the powder.

Human desires would eat up the result of ten times the work we now accomplish.

That I may accomplish the oath which I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day.


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More About Accomplish

What does accomplish mean?

Accomplish means to carry out or finish an action—to complete what you set out to do. To accomplish a goal is to complete it.

Accomplish is often (though not always) used in the context of completing a set goal—one that is planned or desired before it is accomplished. Accomplish is generally used in a positive way in the context of completing beneficial goals (though a person can accomplish bad things—many supervillains hope to accomplish a global takeover).

The completion of a goal or anything accomplished can be called an accomplishment, which means about the same thing as achievement.

Someone who has accomplished many impressive things in life or in their career can be described with the adjective accomplished. It’s especially used to indicate that a person is very experienced, skilled, and perhaps awarded in their field, as in an accomplished singer.

Much less commonly, accomplish can mean to reach a destination or certain age, as in I never thought I would accomplish the age of 100.

Example: I’m hoping to accomplish everything on my to-do list today.

Where does accomplish come from?

The first records of the word accomplish come from the 1300s. It comes from the Old French acomplir, meaning “to complete,” ultimately from the Latin complēre, which means to “to fill up” and is also the basis of the word complete.

Accomplish and achieve can be used as synonyms, but they sometimes imply slightly different things. Achieve and achievement often imply the completion of something important or difficult—a lofty goal or a great feat. You can accomplish a lofty goal or a great feat, but the word accomplish itself doesn’t typically imply this. Rather, it usually just means to complete something (regardless of how impressive it is).

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Accomplish is very commonly used. It’s usually used in a positive way in the context of completing goals.

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of accomplish?

A. achieve

B. fail

C. realize

D. attain