AskDefine | Define accomplish

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1 put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation" [syn: carry through, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil]
2 to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks" [syn: achieve, attain, reach]

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etyl ang acomplissen < etyl fro accomplir (French accomplir) < etyl la ad + complere. See also complete, finish.


  • a UK /əˈkəm.plɪʃ/, /@"k@m.plIS/
  • a US /əˈkɔm.pliʃ/, /@"kOm.pliS/


  1. To finish successfully.
  2. To complete, as time or distance.
    • That He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. - Daniel 9:2
    • He had accomplished half a league or more. - Prescott
  3. 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 - Luke 22:37
  4. To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.
    • The armorers accomplishing the knights - Shakespeare, Henry V, IV-chorus
    • It [the moon] is fully accomplished for all those ends to which Providence did appoint it. - Wilkins
    • These qualities . . . go to accomplish a perfect woman. - Cowden Clarke
  5. To gain; to obtain. - Shakespeare


    • Thou shalt accomplish my desire. - 1 Kings 5:9
    • He . . . expressed his desire to see a union accomplished between England and Scotland. - Macaulay
  • To effect (to work out) is much like accomplish. It usually implies some degree of difficulty contended with; as, he effected or accomplished what he intended, his purpose, but little.
    • What he decreed, he effected. - Milton
    • To work in close design by fraud or guile / What force effected not. - Milton
  • To execute (to follow out to the end, to carry out, or into effect) implies a set mode of operation; as, to execute the laws or the orders of another; to execute a work, a purpose, design, plan, project.
  • To perform is much like to do, though less generally applied. It conveys a notion of protracted and methodical effort; as, to perform a mission, a part, a task, a work. *:*Thou canst best perform that office. - Milton
    • The Saints, like stars, around his seat / Perform their courses still. - Keble
  • To achieve (to come to the end or arrive at one's purpose) usually implies some enterprise or undertaking of importance, difficulty, and excellence


to finish successfully
  • Finnish: suorittaa, toteuttaa, saada tehty, saattaa päätökseen, saada aikaan
  • German: vollenden
  • Polish: dokonywać, dokonać
to complete, as time or distance
  • Finnish: suorittaa, saavuttaa
  • German: vollenden
to bring to an issue of full success; to effect; to perform
  • Finnish: suorittaa, saavuttaa
  • German: vollenden
to equip or furnish thoroughly
  • Finnish: varustaa
  • German: vollenden
(obsolete) to gain; to obtain

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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