[ uh-kom-plish-muhnt ]
/ əˈkɒm plɪʃ mənt /


an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment: the accomplishment of our desires.
something done admirably or creditably: Space exploration is a major accomplishment of science.
anything accomplished; deed; achievement: a career measured in a series of small accomplishments.
Often accomplishments.
  1. a grace, skill, or knowledge expected in polite society.
  2. any acquired ability or knowledge.

Origin of accomplishment

1425–75; late Middle English; see accomplish, -ment. Compare French accomplissement
Related formspre·ac·com·plish·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accomplishment


/ (əˈkɒmplɪʃmənt, əˈkʌm-) /


the act of carrying out or achieving
something achieved or successfully completed
(often plural) skill or talent
(often plural) social grace, style, and poise
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Word Origin and History for accomplishment



early 15c., "performance of a task; state of completion," from Old French acomplissement "action of accomplishing," from acomplir (see accomplish). Meaning "thing completed" and that of "something that completes" someone and fits him or her for society are from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper