To accomplish something is to get it done. People usually accomplish things that are sources of pride like goals or records. But people accomplish immoral acts as well like scandals or cons.


To complete, as time or distance.

put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"

to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"

v. t.
To complete, as time or distance.

v. t.
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.

v. t.
To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.

v. t.
To gain; to obtain.


Ac*com"plish , v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accomplished , p. pr. & vb. n. Accomplishing.] [OE. acomplissen, OF. accomplir, F. accomplir; L. ad + complere to fill up, complete. See Complete, Finish.] 1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. To gain; to obtain. [Obs.] Shak. Syn. -- To do; perform; fulfill; realize; effect; effectuate; complete; consummate; execute; achieve; perfect; equip; furnish. -- To Accomplish, Effect, Execute, Achieve, Perform. These words agree in the general idea of carrying out to some end proposed. To accomplish (to fill up to the measure of the intention) generally implies perseverance and skill; as, to accomplish a plan proposed by one's self, an object, a design, an undertaking. "Thou shalt accomplish my desire." 1 Kings v. 9.
He . . . expressed his desire to see a union accomplished between England and Scotland.
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.
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.
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 complete, as time or distance.


Usage Examples

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

Dream small dreams. If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed and you don't do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals.

Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.

But with the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything and the biggest accomplishment that I feel I got from the film was overcoming that fear.

After the tragedy, New Yorkers are more united than ever in their vision, as well as in appreciation what living in freedom means - and that if we stand together, we can accomplish anything.

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Other Usage Examples

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.

A great tennis career is something that a 15-year-old normally doesn't have. I hope my example helps other teens believe they can accomplish things they never thought possible.

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.

Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.

All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.


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