Accomplish vs Adept - What's the difference?

accomplish | adept |

As a verb accomplish

is to finish successfully.

As an adjective adept is

well skilled; completely versed; thoroughly proficient.

As a noun adept is

one fully skilled or well versed in anything; a proficient; as, adepts in philosophy.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(Webster 1913)


  • To finish successfully.
  • To complete, as time or distance.
  • * That He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. - Daniel 9:2
  • * He had accomplished half a league or more. -
  • 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 22:37
  • (archaic) To equip or furnish thoroughly; hence, to complete in acquirements; to render accomplished; to polish.
  • * The armorers accomplishing the knights - Shakespeare, Henry V, IV-chorus
  • * It [the moon] is fully accomplished for all those ends to which Providence did appoint it. -
  • * These qualities . . . go to accomplish a perfect woman. -
  • (obsolete) To gain; to obtain
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • Synonyms

    * do, perform, fulfill, realize, effect, effectuate, complete, consummate, execute, achieve, perfect, equip, furnish, carry out




  • Well skilled; completely versed; thoroughly proficient
  • * 1837-1839 ,
  • Adept as she was, in all the arts of cunning and dissimulation, the girl Nancy could not wholly conceal the effect which the knowledge of the step she had taken, wrought upon her mind.


    * See also


    * inept


    (en noun)
  • One fully skilled or well versed in anything; a proficient; as, adepts in philosophy.
  • * 1841 , , Barnaby Rudge :
  • When he had achieved this task, he applied himself to the acquisition of stable language, in which he soon became such an adept , that he would perch outside my window and drive imaginary horses with great skill, all day.
  • * 1894-95 , , Jude the Obscure :
  • Others, alas, had an instinct towards artificiality in their very blood, and became adepts in counterfeiting at the first glimpse of it.


    * See also


    * pated, taped


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