accomplish

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. accompanist,
  2. accompany,
  3. accompanying vein,
  4. accompanyist,
  5. accomplice,
  6. accomplished,
  7. accomplishment,
  8. accord,
  9. accordance,
  10. accordant

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

Can be confusedaccomplice accomplish

Synonym study

1. See do1.

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British Dictionary definitions for accomplish

accomplish

/ (əˈkɒmplɪʃ, əˈkʌm-) /

verb (tr)

to manage to do; achieve
to conclude successfully; complete
Derived Formsaccomplishable, 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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Word Origin and History for accomplish

accomplish

v.

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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