Verb accomplish Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


accomplish (third-person singular simple present accomplishes, present participle accomplishing, simple past and past participle accomplished)

  1. (transitive) To finish successfully.
  2. (transitive) To complete, as time or distance.
  3. (transitive) To execute fully; to fulfill; to complete successfully
  4. (transitive, archaic) To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To gain; to obtain

More definition: bring to its goal or conclusion; carry out; perform; finish, to accomplish one's mission. 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.

1. to manage to do; achieve

2. to conclude successfully; complete Derived Formsaccomplishable, adjectiveaccomplisher, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French acomplir to complete, ultimately from Latin complēre to fill up. See completeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


Of course I agreed though I had no idea how I'd accomplish the task and dreaded even trying.

You've demonstrated your abilities and yet you've restricted your activities to accomplish a specific good, at no small risk to yourselves, I might add.

She was most pleased to know her bones had been identified and the effort the Deans put forth to accomplish this was a further, if now unneeded, sign of their love.

"I'm not a dog, and I want to accomplish something today," she muttered.

It was a fun crowd, obvi­ously out to have a good time while testing their personal ability to accomplish a truly grueling trial.

Alexander could now accomplish the first part of the task belonging to him as captain-general to the Hellenes, that liberation of the Greek cities of Asia Minor, for which Panhellenic enthusiasts had cried out so long.

It is especially noteworthy owing to the difficulty of the task the architect had to accomplish - that of transforming the exterior of the Palazzo della Ragione, a Gothic building of the latter half of the 15th century, which the colonnades of the basilica entirely enclose.

By the end of disease, we accomplish all that the preceding paragraphs describe—the full spectrum of human ailments, vanquished from the globe.

So did de Tocqueville, touring nineteenth-century America, when he wrote that "All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it."

You see, I am anxious to accomplish as much as possible before the long summer vacation begins.

I knew that Laura Bridgman had shown the same intuitive desire to produce sounds, and had even learned to pronounce a few simple words, which she took great delight in using, and I did not doubt that Helen could accomplish as much as this.

The poet or the artist never yet had so fair and noble a design but some of his posterity at least could accomplish it.

Kutuzov never talked of "forty centuries looking down from the Pyramids," of the sacrifices he offered for the fatherland, or of what he intended to accomplish or had accomplished; in general he said nothing about himself, adopted no pose, always appeared to be the simplest and most ordinary of men, and said the simplest and most ordinary things.

Sometimes it seemed to her that this difference arose from the difference in their ages, but she felt herself to blame toward him and promised in her heart to do better and to accomplish the impossible--in this life to love her husband, her children, little Nicholas, and all her neighbors, as Christ loved mankind.

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