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/ əˈkɒm plɪʃ /
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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.
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Origin of accomplish

1350–1400; Middle English, earlier accomplice<Middle French accompliss-, stem of acomplir, equivalent to a-ac- + complir ≪ Latin complēre to fill; see complete, -ish2

synonym study for accomplish

1. See do1.


ac·com·plish·a·ble, adjectiveac·com·plish·er, nounpre·ac·com·plish, verb (used with object)un·ac·com·plish·a·ble, adjective


accomplice, accomplish
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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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How is accomplish used in real life?

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

How to use accomplish in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for accomplish

/ (əˈkɒmplɪʃ, əˈkʌm-) /

verb (tr)
to manage to do; achieve
to conclude successfully; complete

Derived forms of accomplish

accomplishable, adjectiveaccomplisher, noun

Word Origin for accomplish

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