accomplish

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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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.
    • 1611, King James Version, Daniel 9:2
      That He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
    • He had accomplished half a league or more. (Can we date this quote by William H. Prescott?)
  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.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      The armorers accomplishing the knights
    • It [the moon] is fully accomplished for all those ends to which Providence did appoint it. (Can we date this quote by John Wilkins?)
    • These qualities . . . go to accomplish a perfect woman. (Can we date this quote by Charles Cowden Clarke?)
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To gain; to obtain.

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