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(See the entry for accomplish in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)


From Middle English accomplisshen, acomplissen, from Old French acompliss-, extended stem of acomplir (Modern French accomplir),[1] from a- (to) (from Latin Latin ad) + complir (or possibly through a Vulgar Latin root *accomplīre, with inchoative *accomplesco), from Vulgar Latin *complīre and *complesco, from Latin complēre (to fill up, fill out, complete); see 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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