• WordNet 3.6
    • v accomplish put in effect "carry out a task","execute the decision of the people","He actioned the operation"
    • v accomplish to gain with effort "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Penny Marshall was the first woman film director to have a film take in more than $100 million at the box office she accomplished this with the 1988 flick Big.
    • Accomplish To bring to an issue of full success; to effect; to perform; to execute fully; to fulfill; as, to accomplish a design, an object, a promise. "This that is written must yet be accomplished in me."
    • Accomplish To complete, as time or distance. "That He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.""He had accomplished half a league or more."
    • Accomplish To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish. "The armorers accomplishing the knights.""It [the moon] is fully accomplished for all those ends to which Providence did appoint it.""These qualities . . . go to accomplish a perfect woman."
    • Accomplish To gain; to obtain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first cookbook published in the United States was Compleat Housewife, or Accomplished Gentlewoman's Companion, printed in Williamsburg, VA in 1742.
    • accomplish To complete; finish; reach the end of; bring to pass; actually do: as, he works hard, but accomplishes nothing.
    • accomplish To bring about by performance or realization; execute; carry out; fulfil: as, to accomplish a vow, promise, purpose, or prophecy.
    • accomplish Hence To gain; obtain as the result of exertion.
    • accomplish To make complete by furnishing what is wanting: as— To equip or provide with material things.
    • accomplish To equip or furnish mentally; fit by education or training.
    • accomplish Synonyms and Execute, Achieve, etc. (see perform), complete, finish, consummate, succeed in, work out, fulfil, realize, bring to pass, end.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rebecca Elizabeth Marier was the first woman to graduate "top of the class" at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy. The rankings are based on academic, military, and physical accomplishments.
    • v.t Accomplish ak-kom′plish to complete: to bring about: to effect: to fulfil: to equip
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  • A. P. Gouthey
    A. P. Gouthey
    “If life were measured by accomplishments, most of us would die in infancy.”
  • Charles Kuralt
    Charles Kuralt
    “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”
  • Golo Mann
    Golo Mann
    “Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.”
  • Mal Pancoast
    “You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Accomplishment is easiest when we work the hardest, and it is hardest when we work the easiest.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. acomplissen, OF. accomplir, F. accomplir,; L. ad, + complere, to fill up, complete. See Complete Finish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. acomplir—L. ad, to, complēre, to fill up. See Complete.


In literature:

The world in these days looks askance at the musician who aside from his keyboard accomplishments is a numskull.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
They chose the only practicable means of accomplishing their purpose.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
It did not include the destruction of American slavery among the objects it labored to accomplish.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Within these confines, authority is exercised and accomplishment exacted, both to the extent calculated to ensure unity of effort.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
This is to be accomplished through faith alone, regardless of works.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
I have decided that you may be able to accomplish what you set out to do without getting us all killed.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
He had no superior among all the young noblemen around him, in any chivalric accomplishment.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
Thus, up to the end of January, 1915, nothing decisive had been accomplished on the Caucasian front by either Turkey or Russia.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
But such secrecy was maintained that the British public remained in ignorance of its passage until successfully accomplished.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various

In poetry:

His mission soon accomplished,
His race on earth soon run,
He passed to realms of glory,
Above the rising sun.
"Reminiscences Of The Departed" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

For six or seven generations
They ruled in such a way
That all the people were amazed
At their accomplishments.
"As I Look On" by Khoshal Khan Khattak
The starling's an accomplished mime:
Between his love-making
He solaces her brooding-time
By many a madcap thing.
"Starling" by Katharine Tynan
Though the world keeps changing its form
as fast as a cloud, still
what is accomplished falls home
to the Primeval.
"The Sonnets To Orpheus: XIX" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lo, former scenes, predicted once,
Conspicuous rise to view;
And future scenes, predicted now,
Shall be accomplished too.
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
Hand while pore Eliza vent to
Fetch the beer, dewoid of sin,
This etrocious Charley Thompson
Let his wile accomplish hin.
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

This is what makes America exceptional : It is not just the character of our country-it is the record of our accomplishments.
I am exhausted just thinking all that needs to be accomplished before I even start my day on Monday.
COLUMBIA — John Bruce Miles' accomplishments reveal his passion for academics, but those who had the pleasure of knowing Dr Miles remember him for his sincere generosity and dedication to helping others.
This would have been another gigantic accomplishment, piled on top of a week's worth of triumphs, for American Sloane Stephens.
Oh, Armstrong may have technically crossed the finish line first every year from 1999 to 2005, but you'll find no mention of his accomplishments in the record books.
But there's no way to accomplish that, according to environmental lawyers, climate researchers and traffic engineers who've seen it all before.
Some of Central New York's most talented runners are unlikely to call attention to their recent accomplishments in running, training and racing.
Helene Ferm , an accomplished engineer with more than 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, has joined Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC (PS&S), as Senior Project Manager in the Energy Practice of the Mechanical Group.
Throughout his football career Towanda graduate Adam Harris has received plenty of accolades for his accomplishments on the field.
This is accomplished through laboratory-based measurements of energy losses from standard kiln arrangements constructed with a variety of test bricks.
Marco Island Councilor Bill Trotter and wife, Beverly, listen as Council Chairman Larry Magel reads praise for Trotterís accomplishments while on City Council for more than 8.5 years.
The Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association formed in 2009 and now three years later has accomplished several major goals.
See some of our grand prize winner's top catches and accomplishments on the water.
Longtime Willow Springs Lake Trout Tournament director Tracy Purtee reluctantly shares some of the fishing secrets that have helped him become one of the most accomplished Rim Country anglers.
How Much Has the iPhone Accomplished in 5 Years.

In science:

Although a proof of the Rogers-Ramanujan identities doesn’t emerge from his work, it is clearly one of the truly great accomplishments in mathematics and his book [Bax1] has been very influential. A second motivation is our work on the n → ∞ asymptotic probability that an element of GL(n, q) is semisimple.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
In order to accomplish this we need to establish uniform (in ǫ) bounds on uǫ , pǫ and θǫ .
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
As we note in §4, this might be accomplished through short vertical wavelength baroclinic instabilities, though more theoretical work is needed.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
The creators of Maple tell me that this is going to be accomplished with the next version of Maple, Maple VI.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
Specifically, we explore the use of simple, purely local rules to produce control algorithms for accomplishing tasks such as dynamic adaptation under changing external conditions (e.g., added weight) and grasping ob jects.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots