accomplish

[uh-kom-plish]
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.

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

Synonyms for accomplish

Synonym study

1. See do1.
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Examples from the Web for accomplisher

Historical Examples of accomplisher

  • He is at once seer, creator, accomplisher, and present help in time of trouble.

    The Joyful Heart

    Robert Haven Schauffler

  • He is led forth at the sacrifices, the priest, the accomplisher of sacrifice.

  • He was not an inventor, but an accomplisher; and even what he accomplished physically was less remarkable than his faith.

    The Spanish Pioneers

    Charles F. Lummis


British Dictionary definitions for accomplisher

accomplish

verb (tr)
  1. to manage to do; achieve
  2. 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 accomplisher

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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