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[uh-kom-plish-muh nt] /əˈkɒm plɪʃ mənt/
an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment:
the accomplishment of our desires.
something done admirably or creditably:
Space exploration is a major accomplishment of science.
anything accomplished; deed; achievement:
a career measured in a series of small accomplishments.
Often, accomplishments.
  1. a grace, skill, or knowledge expected in polite society.
  2. any acquired ability or knowledge.
Origin of accomplishment
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see accomplish, -ment. Compare French accomplissement
Related forms
preaccomplishment, noun
1. completion, execution. 3. consummation. 4. acquisition, proficiency.
1. failure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accomplishment
  • Candidates for a lecturer position must have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in teaching.
  • The number is real, but critics say that the accomplishment is smaller than it appears.
  • My lasting memory of this summer is more than an athletic accomplishment.
  • In many ways it was a model of clever engineering and technological accomplishment.
  • Her accomplishment is also something of a surprise, since the book is a bouillabaisse of familiar ingredients.
  • The public looks to the nation's past to validate its core ideals and affirm a record of progress and accomplishment.
  • It would not even be the accomplishment of making the entire development take place in a test tube.
  • Cynics might note that the only accomplishment was an agreement to talk some more, and their cynicism may yet be confirmed.
  • But sometimes it seems that the list of tasks is so overwhelming it causes more stress, rather than a sense of accomplishment.
  • They should have an advanced degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent accomplishment in the field.
British Dictionary definitions for accomplishment


/əˈkɒmplɪʃmənt; əˈkʌm-/
the act of carrying out or achieving
something achieved or successfully completed
(often pl) skill or talent
(often pl) social grace, style, and poise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for accomplishment

early 15c., "performance of a task; state of completion," from Old French acomplissement "action of accomplishing," from acomplir (see accomplish). Meaning "thing completed" and that of "something that completes" someone and fits him or her for society are from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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