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accomplished

[ uh-kom-plisht ]
/ əˈkɒm plɪʃt /
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adjective

completed; done; effected: an accomplished fact.
highly skilled; expert: an accomplished pianist.
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
su·per·ac·com·plished, adjectivewell-ac·com·plished, adjective
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What does accomplished mean?

Accomplished is used to describe someone who has achieved many impressive things in life or in their career.

The verb 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.

Some who is considered accomplished has accomplished a lot. The word is especially used to indicate that a person is very experienced, skilled, and perhaps awarded in their field. It is often paired with words for different professions or hobbies, as in accomplished pianist, accomplished surgeon, and accomplished baker.

The word can also be used to describe a work that is considered a special achievement, as in His new album is an accomplished entry in his catalog of work.

Example: Tina is an accomplished coder—you could learn a lot from her.

Where does accomplished come from?

The first records of the word accomplished as an adjective come from the 1300s. Its base word, the verb accomplish, 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.

The word accomplished often implies that someone is very skilled or experienced in the field that they’re known for. But at the heart of the word is the idea that such a person has completed many goals or achieved many things. An accomplished person isn’t just skilled—they have often achieved many awards and accolades.

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How is accomplished used in real life?

Accomplished is most often paired with words that refer to a specific profession or hobby.

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Is accomplished used correctly in the following sentence?

“He’s an accomplished scientist, but he’s inexperienced and has a lot to learn in his field.”

British Dictionary definitions for accomplished

accomplished
/ (əˈkɒmplɪʃt, əˈkʌm-) /

adjective

successfully completed; achieved
expert; proficient
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