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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)
From Middle English accomplisshen, acomplissen, from Old French acompliss-, extended stem of acomplir (Modern French accomplir), from a- (“to”) (from Latin ad) + complir (or possibly through a Vulgar Latin root *accomplīre), from Vulgar Latin *complīre, from Latin complēre (“to fill up, fill out, complete”); see complete.
First attested in the late 14th century.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈkʌm.plɪʃ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈkɑm.plɪʃ/
- (Canada) IPA(key): /əˈkɒm.plɪʃ/
- (General New Zealand, General Australian) IPA(key): /əˈkɐm.plɪʃ/
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- Hyphenation: a‧ccom‧plish
- (transitive) To finish successfully.
- (transitive) To complete, as time or distance.
- (transitive) To execute fully; to fulfill; to complete successfully.
- to accomplish a design, an object, a promise
- 1611, King James Version, 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: 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
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- It [the moon] is fully accomplished for all those ends to which Providence did appoint it.
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- These qualities . . . go to accomplish a perfect woman.
- (transitive, obsolete) To gain; to obtain.
- (transitive, Philippine English) to fill out a form
- do, perform, fulfill, realize, effect, effectuate, complete, consummate, execute, achieve, perfect, equip, furnish, carry out
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