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(See the entry for “accomplish”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)
From Middle English accomplisshen, acomplissen, from Old French acompliss-, extended stem of acomplir (Modern French accomplir), from Vulgar Latin *(ac)complīre, from Latin complēre (“fill up/out, complete”, whence English complete).
First attested in the late 14th century.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈkɒm.plɪʃ/, /əˈkʌm.plɪʃ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈkɑm.plɪʃ/
- (Canada) IPA(key): /əˈkɒm.plɪʃ/
- (New Zealand, General Australian) IPA(key): /əˈkɐm.plɪʃ/
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- Hyphenation: a‧ccom‧plish
accomplish (third-person singular simple present accomplishes, present participle accomplishing, simple past and past participle accomplished)
- (transitive) To finish successfully.
- (transitive) To complete, as time or distance.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Daniel 9:2:
- That He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
- 1855, William H[ickling] Prescott, “War with France”, in History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain, volume I, Boston, Mass.: Phillips, Sampson, and Company, →OCLC, book I, page 231:
- But the rising ground which lay between him and the French prevented him from seeing the enemy until he had accomplished half a league or more.
- (transitive) To execute fully; to fulfill; to complete successfully.
- to accomplish a design, an object, a promise
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Luke 22:37:
- This that is written must yet be accomplished in me
- (transitive, archaic) To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
- The armorers accomplishing the knights
- 1638, John Wilkins, The Discovery of a World in the Moone:
- It [the moon] is fully accomplished for all those ends to which Providence did appoint it.
- 1863, Charles Cowden Clarke, Shakespeare's Characters:
- These qualities . . . go to accomplish a perfect woman.
- (transitive, obsolete) To gain; to obtain.
- c. 1591–1592 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene ii]:
- And more unlikely / Than to accomplish twenty golden crowns!
- (transitive, Philippines) to fill out a form.
- do, perform, fulfill, realize, effect, effectuate, complete, consummate, execute, achieve, perfect, equip, furnish, carry out, pull off
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- ^ “accomplisshen, v.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2018, retrieved 20 October 2019.
- ^ The Chambers Dictionary, 9th Ed., 2003
- ^ “accomplish”, in Collins English Dictionary.
- ^ “accomplish”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- accomplish at OneLook Dictionary Search
- “accomplish”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “accomplish”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
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