Meaning of ACCOMPLISH in English


ac ‧ com ‧ plish /əˈkʌmplɪʃ $ əˈkɑːm-, əˈkʌm-/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: acomplir , from Vulgar Latin accomplere , from Latin ad- 'to' + complere ( ⇨ ↑ complete 1 ) ]

to succeed in doing something, especially after trying very hard SYN achieve :

We have accomplished all we set out to do.

Mission accomplished (=we have done what we intended to do) .

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■ succeed in doing something

▪ succeed verb [intransitive] to do something you tried or wanted to do:

Will they succeed in winning the election?


He wanted to make her jealous, and he succeeded.

▪ manage verb [intransitive] to succeed in doing something difficult, after trying hard. Manage to do something is very commonly used instead of succeed in doing something in everyday English:

He finally managed to find an apartment near his office.


Don’t worry – I’m sure we’ll manage somehow.

▪ achieve verb [transitive] to succeed in doing something good or important:

She’s achieved a lot in the short time she’s been with the company.


If we are to achieve our goals, we have to plan properly.

▪ accomplish verb [transitive] formal to achieve something:

The government accomplished its objective of reducing violent crime.


What do you hope to accomplish this year?

▪ make it to be successful in your career, or to succeed in reaching a place or part of a competition:

Only a few people make it to the top and become professional singers.


We finally made it to Chicago.


Which two teams will make it to the final?

▪ pull off phrasal verb to succeed in doing something, especially when you could easily have not succeeded. Pull off sounds rather informal:

Italy pulled off a great victory over Germany.


I’d never performed on my own before, and wasn’t sure if I could pull it off.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.