• Accomplish


    • UK IPA: /əˈkÉ™m.plɪʃ/
    • US IPA: /É™.ˈkÉ’m.plɪʃ/
    • Hyphenation: a + ccom + plish


    • First attested in the late 14th century.
    • Late Middle English acomplissen, from Old French acompliss-, present participle stem of acomplir (Modern French accomplir), from Latin ad + complere ("to fill up, to complete").
    • See also complete, finish.

    Full definition of accomplish


    1. (transitive) To finish successfully.
    2. (transitive) To complete, as time or distance.
      • That He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. - Daniel 9:2
      • He had accomplished half a league or more. - William H. Prescott
    3. (transitive) To bring to an issue of full success; to effect; to perform; to execute fully; to fulfill; as, to accomplish a design, an object, a promise.
      • This that is written must yet be accomplished in me - Luke 22:37
    4. (transitive, archaic) To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.
      • The armorers accomplishing the knights - Shakespeare, Henry V, IV-chorus
      • It moon is fully accomplished for all those ends to which Providence did appoint it. - John Wilkins
      • These qualities . . . go to accomplish a perfect woman. - Charles Cowden Clarke
    5. (transitive, obsolete) To gain; to obtain. - Shakespeare
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