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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.
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.
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Examples for accomplishments
  • Waters's long list of accomplishments stretch beyond the best salads you'll ever taste, though.
  • It lays out his vision, his breeding accomplishments, and some great ideas on working shrub roses into your garden.
  • We partied until dark and felt truly satisfied with our accomplishments.
  • Her accomplishments led to a life of drama and romance on a grand scale.
  • Tao's accomplishments have already earned him nearly every major mathematics prize.
  • Among other accomplishments, the emperor standardized weights and measures and introduced a uniform writing script.
  • Though he's modest about his accomplishments, it's clear that when he sets a goal, he generally gets there.
  • But that doesn't take away from his accomplishments as a marketer, businessman and trendsetter.
  • All of these accomplishments besides what was mentioned in the article, go unnoticed by a buoyant opposition.
  • Any consensus solutions will stand as heroic accomplishments.
British Dictionary definitions for accomplishments


/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
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Word Origin and History for accomplishments



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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