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  1. completed; done; effected: an accomplished fact.
  2. highly skilled; expert: an accomplished pianist.
  3. having all the social graces, manners, and other attainments of polite society.
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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)
  1. to bring to its goal or conclusion; carry out; perform; finish: to accomplish one's mission.
  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.
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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


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1. complete, fulfill; execute, effect.

Synonym study

1. See do1.
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  1. successfully completed; achieved
  2. expert; proficient
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verb (tr)
  1. to manage to do; achieve
  2. to conclude successfully; complete
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Derived Formsaccomplishable, adjectiveaccomplisher, 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 accomplished


late 15c., "perfect as a result of training," past participle adjective from accomplish (q.v.). Meaning "completed" is from 1570s.

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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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