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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(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),[1] from Vulgar Latin *(ac)complīre, from Latin complēre (fill up/out, complete, whence English complete).

First attested in the late 14th century.



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.
    to accomplish a design, an object, a promise
  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.
  6. (transitive, Philippines) to fill out a form.


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  1. ^ accomplisshen, v.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2018, retrieved 20 October 2019.
  2. ^ The Chambers Dictionary, 9th Ed., 2003
  3. ^ accomplish”, in Collins English Dictionary.
  4. ^ accomplish”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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