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accomplishment (countable and uncountable, plural accomplishments)

  1. The act of accomplishing; completion; fulfilment.
    the accomplishment of an enterprise, of a prophecy, etc
  2. That which completes, perfects, or equips thoroughly; acquirement; attainment; that which constitutes excellence of mind, or elegance of manners, acquired by education or training.
    • 1763, Charles Churchill, The Ghost, Book III:
      I’ll make a proof how I advance in / My new accomplishment of dancing.
    • 1782, William Cowper, The Progress of Error:
      Accomplishments have taken virtue’s place, / And wisdom falls before exterior grace ;
  3. Something accomplished; an achievement.
    Increasing sales by 20% in the last quarter was seen as a major accomplishment for the business.
  4. (grammar, semantics) The lexical aspect (aktionsart) of verbs or predicates that change over time until a natural end point.
    • 1997, Robert van Valin, Randy LaPolla, Syntax[1], pages 183-84:
      Thus it is attested that some children have taken an accomplishment verb like disappear, which does not have a causative counterpart, and used it as a causative accomplishment in sentences like He disappeared it, i.e. ‘He made it disappear.’

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  1. ^ The Chambers Dictionary, 9th Ed., 2003
  2. ^ accomplishment”, in Collins English Dictionary.
  3. ^ accomplishment”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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