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To Acco'mplish. v.a. [accomplir, Fr. from compleo, Lat.]

  1. To complete, to execute fully; as, to accomplish a design.

    He that is far off shall die of the pestilence, and he that is near shall fall by the sword, and he that remaineth, and is besieged, shall die by the famine. Thus I will accomplish my fury upon them. Ezekiel, vi. 12.

  2. To complete a period of time.

    He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Daniel, ix. 2.

  3. To fulfil; as a prophecy.

                      The vision,
    Which I made known to Lucius ere the stroke
    Of this yet scarce cold battle, at this instant
    Is full accomplish'd.
    Shakespeare's Cymbeline.

    We see every day those events exactly accomplished, which our Saviour foretold at so great a distance. Addison on the Christian Religion.

  4. To gain, to obtain.

    Tell him from me (as he will win my love)
    He bear himself with honourable action;
    Such as he hath observ'd in noble ladies
    Unto their lords, by them accomplished.
    Shak. Tam. of a Shrew.

    I'll make my heaven in a lady's lap,
    And deck my body in gay ornaments.
    Oh miserable thought, and more unlikely,
    Than to accomplish twenty golden crowns.
    Shak.. Henry V.

  5. To adorn, or furnish, either mind or body.

                              From the tents
    The armourers accomplishing the knights,
    With busy hammers closing rivets up,
    Give dreadful note of preparation.
    Shakespeare's Henry V.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · The Bible - Daniel (6) · The Bible - Ezekiel (12) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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