transitive verb Etymology: Middle English accomplisshen, from Anglo-French accompliss-, stem of accomplir, from Vulgar Latin *accomplēre, from Latin ad- + complēre to fill up — more at complete Date: 14th century 1. to bring about (a result) by effort <
have much to accomplish today
2. to bring to completion ; fulfill <
we can accomplish the job in an hour
3. to succeed in reaching (a stage in a progression) <
would starve before accomplishing half the distance — W. H. Hudson †1922
4. archaic a. to equip thoroughly b. perfect Synonyms: see performaccomplishable adjectiveaccomplisher noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Accomplish — Ac*com plish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accomplished}, p. pr. & vb. n. {Accomplishing}.] [OE. acomplissen, OF. accomplir, F. accomplir; L. ad + complere to fill up, complete. See {Complete}, {Finish}.] 1. To complete, as time or distance. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accomplish — I verb achieve, attain, bring about, complete, consummate, discharge, dispatch, effect, enact, execute, finish, fulfill, realize, succeed II index attain, avail (bring about), carry (succeed) …   Law dictionary

  • accomplish — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. acompliss , prp. stem of acomplir to fulfill, fill up, complete (12c.), from V.L. *accomplere, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + complere fill up (see COMPLETE (Cf. complete)). Related: ACCOMPLISHED ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • accomplish — achieve, effect, fulfill, discharge, execute, *perform Analogous words: complete, finish, conclude (see CLOSE): consummate (see corresponding adjective at CONSUMMATE): implement, *enforce Antonyms: undo Contrasted words: thwart, *frustrate, foil …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • accomplish — [v] succeed in doing achieve, arrive, attain, bring about, bring off, carry out, conclude, consummate, do, do a bang up job*, do justice*, do one proud*, do the trick*, effect, finish, fulfill, gain, get someplace*, get there*, hit*, make hay*,… …   New thesaurus

  • accomplish — ► VERB ▪ achieve or complete successfully. ORIGIN Old French acomplir, from Latin complere to complete …   English terms dictionary

  • accomplish — [ə käm′plish; ] also [, əkum′plish] vt. [ME accomplisshen < OFr acompliss , extended stem of acomplir < VL * adcomplere < L ad , intens. + complere: see COMPLETE] 1. to do; succeed in doing; complete (a task, time, or distance) 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • accomplish — 01. If you work hard, I m sure you will [accomplish] your goal. 02. Getting accepted into medical school was an [accomplishment] in itself. Now, though, the hard work really starts. 03. My sister is an [accomplished] piano player who has… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • accomplish — /əˈkʌmplɪʃ / (say uh kumplish), / ˈkɒm / (say kom ) verb (t) 1. to bring to pass; carry out; perform: to accomplish one s mission. 2. to bring to a successful finish: to accomplish the work. 3. Archaic to complete: to accomplish four score years… …   Australian English dictionary

  • accomplish */ — UK [əˈkʌmplɪʃ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms accomplish : present tense I/you/we/they accomplish he/she/it accomplishes present participle accomplishing past tense accomplished past participle accomplished to succeed in doing something,… …   English dictionary

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