[ uh-kom-plish ]
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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.

  1. Archaic. to provide polish to; perfect.

Origin of accomplish

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French accompliss-, stem of acomplir, equivalent to a- ac- + complir, ultimately from Latin complēre “to fill”; see complete, -ish2

synonym study For accomplish

1. See do1.

Other words for accomplish

Other words from accomplish

  • ac·com·plish·a·ble, adjective
  • ac·com·plish·er, noun
  • pre·ac·com·plish, verb (used with object)
  • un·ac·com·plish·a·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with accomplish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use accomplish in a sentence

  • Whether it is or not, it accomplishes admirably the purpose of its author, to fix in beautiful verse the former life of the Rhone.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
  • This extraordinary feat she accomplishes in a seeming trance.

    A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
  • He accomplishes his diurnal revolution in less than ten hours!

    Astronomy for Amateurs | Camille Flammarion
  • She chooses alone, and she accomplishes all that has been accomplished for others by cultivated ancestors.

    Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • What fire superiority accomplishes; psychological moment for charge determined by tactical instinct.

British Dictionary definitions for accomplish


/ (əˈkɒmplɪʃ, əˈkʌm-) /

  1. to manage to do; achieve

  2. to conclude successfully; complete

Origin of accomplish

C14: from Old French acomplir to complete, ultimately from Latin complēre to fill up. See complete

Derived forms of accomplish

  • accomplishable, adjective
  • accomplisher, noun

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