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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 accomplishment in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

EtymologyEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkɒm.plɪʃ.mənt/
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NounEdit

accomplishment (countable and uncountable, plural accomplishments)

  1. The act of accomplishing; completion; fulfillment
    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.
    • My new accomplishment of dancing. (Can we date this quote by Charles Churchill as well as title, page, and other details?)
    • Accomplishments have taken virtue's place, / And wisdom falls before exterior grace. (Can we date this quote by William Cowper as well as title, page, and other details?)
  3. Something accomplished; an achievement.
  4. (grammar, semantics) The lexical aspect (aktionsart) of verbs or predicates that change over time until a natural end point.
    • 1997, Robert van Valin and Randy LaPolla, Syntax[1], page 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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