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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ac·com·plish /əˈkɑmplɪʃ, ˈkʌm-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ac·com·plish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accomplished p. pr. & vb. n. Accomplishing.]
 1. To complete, as time or distance.
    That He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.   --Dan. ix. 2.
    He had accomplished half a league or more.   --Prescott.
 2. 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.
    This that is written must yet be accomplished in me.   --Luke xxii. 37.
 3. To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.
    The armorers accomplishing the knights.   --Shak.
    It [the moon] is fully accomplished for all those ends to which Providence did appoint it.   --Wilkins.
    These qualities . . . go to accomplish a perfect woman.   --Cowden Clarke.
 4. To gain; to obtain. [Obs.]
 Syn: -- To do; perform; fulfill; realize; effect; effectuate; complete; consummate; execute; achieve; perfect; equip; furnish.
 Usage: To Accomplish, Effect, Execute, Achieve, Perform. These words agree in the general idea of carrying out to some end proposed. To accomplish (to fill up to the measure of the intention) generally implies perseverance and skill; as, to accomplish a plan proposed by one's self, an object, a design, an undertaking. “Thou shalt accomplish my desire.”
    He . . . expressed his desire to see a union accomplished between England and Scotland.   --Macaulay.
 To effect (to work out) is much like accomplish. It usually implies some degree of difficulty contended with; as, he effected or accomplished what he intended, his purpose, but little. “What he decreed, he effected.”
 To work in close design by fraud or guile
 What force effected not.   --Milton.
 To execute (to follow out to the end, to carry out, or into effect) implies a set mode of operation; as, to execute the laws or the orders of another; to execute a work, a purpose, design, plan, project. To perform is much like to do, though less generally applied. It conveys a notion of protracted and methodical effort; as, to perform a mission, a part, a task, a work. “Thou canst best perform that office.”
 The Saints, like stars, around his seat
 Perform their courses still.   --Keble.
 To achieve (to come to the end or arrive at one's purpose) usually implies some enterprise or undertaking of importance, difficulty, and excellence.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of
           the people"; "He actioned the operation" [syn: carry
           through, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil]
      2: to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite
         setbacks" [syn: achieve, attain, reach]