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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To succeed in doing; bring to pass. See Synonyms at perform.
  • transitive v. To reach the end of; complete.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To finish successfully.
  • v. To complete, as time or distance.
  • v. 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. To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.
  • v. To gain; to obtain. - Shakespeare

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To complete, as time or distance.
  • transitive v. To bring to an issue of full success; to effect; to perform; to execute fully; to fulfill.
  • transitive v. To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.
  • transitive v. To gain; to obtain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To complete; finish; reach the end of; bring to pass; actually do: as, he works hard, but accomplishes nothing.
  • To bring about by performance or realization; execute; carry out; fulfil: as, to accomplish a vow, promise, purpose, or prophecy.
  • Hence To gain; obtain as the result of exertion.
  • To make complete by furnishing what is wanting: as— To equip or provide with material things.
  • To equip or furnish mentally; fit by education or training.
  • Synonyms and Execute, Achieve, etc. (see perform), complete, finish, consummate, succeed in, work out, fulfil, realize, bring to pass, end.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put in effect
  • v. to gain with effort

Etymologies

Middle English accomplisshen, from Old French acomplir, acompliss-, to complete : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + complir, to complete (from Latin complēre, to fill out; see complete).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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