completed; done; effected: an accomplished fact.
highly skilled; expert: an accomplished pianist.
having all the social graces, manners, and other attainments of polite society.

Nearby words

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

Origin of accomplished

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at accomplish, -ed2

Related formssu·per·ac·com·plished, adjectivewell-ac·com·plished, adjective



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 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accomplished



successfully completed; achieved
expert; proficient


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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