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Accomplice noun [ Ac- (perh. for the article a or for Latin ad) + E. complice. See Complice .]


1. A cooperator. [ R.]

Success unto our valiant general,
And happiness to his accomplices !
Shak.

2. (Law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory. "And thou, the cursed accomplice of his treason." Johnson. It is followed by with or of before a person and by in (or sometimes of ) before the crime; as, A was an accomplice with B in the murder of C. Dryden uses it with to before a thing. "Suspected for accomplice to the fire." Dryden.

Syn. -- Abettor; accessory; assistant; associate; confederate; coadjutor; ally; promoter. See Abettor .

Accompliceship noun The state of being an accomplice. [ R.] Sir H. Taylor.

Accomplicity noun The act or state of being an accomplice. [ R.]

Accomplish transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accomplished present participle & verbal noun Accomplishing .] [ Middle English acomplissen , Old French accomplir , French accomplir ; Latin ad + complere to fill up, complete. See Complete , Finish .]
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. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Syn. -- To do; perform; fulfill; realize; effect; effectuate; complete; consummate; execute; achieve; perfect; equip; furnish. -- 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." 1 Kings v. 9.

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 ." Milton.

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." Milton.

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.

Accomplishable adjective Capable of being accomplished; practicable. Carlyle.

Accomplished adjective
1. Completed; effected; established; as, an accomplished fact.

2. Complete in acquirements as the result usually of training; -- commonly in a good sense; as, an accomplished scholar, an accomplished villain.

They . . . show themselves accomplished bees.
Holland.

Daughter of God and man, accomplished Eve.
Milton.

Accomplisher noun One who accomplishes.

Accomplishment (-m e nt) noun [ French accomplissement , from accomplir .]
1. The act of accomplishing; entire performance; completion; fulfillment; as, the accomplishment of an enterprise, of a prophecy, etc.

2. That which completes, perfects, or equips thoroughly; acquirement; attainment; that which constitutes excellence of mind, or elegance of manners, acquired by education or training. "My new accomplishment of dancing." Churchill. " Accomplishments befitting a station." Thackeray.

Accomplishments have taken virtue's place,
And wisdom falls before exterior grace.
Cowper.

Accompt (#; formerly #) noun See Account .

» Accompt , accomptant , etc., are archaic forms.

Accomptable adjective See Accountable .

Accomptant noun See Accountant .

Accord noun [ Middle English acord , accord , Old French acort , acorde , French accord , from Old French acorder , French accorder . See Accord , transitive verb ]
1. Agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action; harmony of mind; consent; assent.

A mediator of an accord and peace between them.
Bacon.

These all continued with one accord in prayer.
Acts i. 14.

2. Harmony of sounds; agreement in pitch and tone; concord; as, the accord of tones.

Those sweet accords are even the angels' lays.
Sir J. Davies.

3. Agreement, harmony, or just correspondence of things; as, the accord of light and shade in painting.

4. Voluntary or spontaneous motion or impulse to act; -- preceded by own ; as, of one's own accord .

That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap.
Lev. xxv. 5.

Of his own accord he went unto you.
2 Cor. vii. 17.

5. (Law) An agreement between parties in controversy, by which satisfaction for an injury is stipulated, and which, when executed, bars a suit. Blackstone.

With one accord , with unanimity.

They rushed with one accord into the theater.
Acts xix. 29.

Accord transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accorded ; present participle & verbal noun According .] [ Middle English acorden , accorden , Old French acorder , French accorder , from Late Latin accordare ; Latin ad + cor , cordis , heart. Confer Concord , Discord , and see Heart .]
1. To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust; -- followed by to . [ R.]

Her hands accorded the lute's music to the voice.
Sidney.

2. To bring to an agreement, as persons; to reconcile; to settle, adjust, harmonize, or compose, as things; as, to accord suits or controversies.

When they were accorded from the fray.
Spenser.

All which particulars, being confessedly knotty and difficult can never be accorded but by a competent stock of critical learning.
South.

3. To grant as suitable or proper; to concede; to award; as, to accord to one due praise. " According his desire." Spenser.

Accord intransitive verb
1. To agree; to correspond; to be in harmony; -- followed by with , formerly also by to ; as, his disposition accords with his looks.

My heart accordeth with my tongue.
Shak.

Thy actions to thy words accord .
Milton.

2. To agree in pitch and tone.

Accordable adjective [ Old French acordable , French accordable .]
1. Agreeing. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. Reconcilable; in accordance.

Accordance noun [ Old French acordance .] Agreement; harmony; conformity. "In strict accordance with the law." Macaulay.

Syn. -- Harmony; unison; coincidence.

Accordancy noun Accordance. [ R.] Paley.

Accordant adjective [ Old French acordant , French accordant .] Agreeing; consonant; harmonious; corresponding; conformable; -- followed by with or to .

Strictly accordant with true morality.
Darwin.

And now his voice accordant to the string.
Coldsmith.

Accordantly adverb In accordance or agreement; agreeably; conformably; -- followed by with or to .

Accorder noun One who accords, assents, or concedes. [ R.]

According p. adjective Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious. "This according voice of national wisdom." Burke. "Mind and soul according well." Tennyson.

According to him, every person was to be bought.
Macaulay.

Our zeal should be according to knowledge.
Sprat.

» According to has been called a prepositional phrase, but strictly speaking, according is a participle in the sense of agreeing , acceding , and to alone is the preposition.

According as , precisely as; the same as; corresponding to the way in which. According as is an adverbial phrase, of which the propriety has been doubted; but good usage sanctions it. See According , adverb

Is all things well,
According as I gave directions?
Shak.

The land which the Lord will give you according as he hath promised.
Ex. xii. 25.

According adverb Accordingly; correspondingly. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Accordingly adverb
1. Agreeably; correspondingly; suitably; in a manner conformable.

Behold, and so proceed accordingly .
Shak.

2. In natural sequence; consequently; so.

Syn. -- Consequently; therefore; wherefore; hence; so. -- Accordingly , Consequently , indicate a connection between two things, the latter of which is done on account of the former. Accordingly marks the connection as one of simple accordance or congruity, leading naturally to the result which followed; as, he was absent when I called, and I accordingly left my card; our preparations were all finished, and we accordingly set sail. Consequently all finished, and we accordingly set sail. Consequently marks a closer connection, that of logical or causal sequence; as, the papers were not ready, and consequently could not be signed.

Accordion noun [ See Accord .] (Mus.) A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds.

Accordionist noun A player on the accordion.

Accordment (ăk*kôrd"m e nt) noun [ Old French acordement . See Accord , v. ] Agreement; reconcilement. [ Obsolete] Gower.

Accorporate transitive verb [ Latin accorporare ; ad + corpus , corporis , body.] To unite; to attach; to incorporate. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Accost (#; 115) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accosted ; present participle & verbal noun Accosting .] [ French accoster , Late Latin accostare to bring side by side; Latin ad + costa rib, side. See Coast , and confer Accoast .]
1. To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of. [ Obsolete] "So much [ of Lapland] as accosts the sea." Fuller.

2. To approach; to make up to. [ Archaic] Shak.

3. To speak to first; to address; to greet. "Him, Satan thus accosts ." Milton.

Accost intransitive verb To adjoin; to lie alongside. [ Obsolete] "The shores which to the sea accost ." Spenser.

Accost noun Address; greeting. [ R.] J. Morley.

Accostable adjective [ Confer French accostable .] Approachable; affable. [ R.] Hawthorne.

Accosted adjective (Her.) Supported on both sides by other charges; also, side by side.

Accouchement (#; 277) noun [ French, from accoucher to be delivered of a child, to aid in delivery, Old French acouchier orig. to lay down, put to bed, go to bed; Latin ad + collocare to lay, put, place. See Collate .] Delivery in childbed

Accoucheur noun [ French, from accoucher . See Accouchement .] A man who assists women in childbirth; a man midwife; an obstetrician.

Accoucheuse noun [ F.., fem. of accoucher .] A midwife. [ Recent] Dunglison.

Account noun [ Middle English acount , account , accompt , Old French acont , from aconter . See Account , transitive verb , Count , noun , 1.]
1. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time.

A beggarly account of empty boxes.
Shak.

2. A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review; as, to keep one's account at the bank.

3. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; as, no satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason , ground , consideration , motive , etc.; as, on no account , on every account , on all accounts .

4. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle. "A laudable account of the city of London." Howell.

5. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.

Give an account of thy stewardship.
Luke xvi. 2.

6. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment. "To stand high in your account ." Shak.

7. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit. "Men of account ." Pope. "To turn to account ." Shak.

Account current , a running or continued account between two or more parties, or a statement of the particulars of such an account. -- In account with , in a relation requiring an account to be kept. -- On account of , for the sake of; by reason of; because of. -- On one's own account , for one's own interest or behalf. -- To make account , to have an opinion or expectation; to reckon. [ Obsolete]

This other part . . . makes account to find no slender arguments for this assertion out of those very scriptures which are commonly urged against it.
Milton.

-- To make account of , to hold in estimation; to esteem; as, he makes small account of beauty. -- To take account of , or to take into account , to take into consideration; to notice. " Of their doings, God takes no account ." Milton . -- A writ of account (Law) , a writ which the plaintiff brings demanding that the defendant shall render his just account, or show good cause to the contrary; -- called also an action of account . Cowell.

Syn. -- Narrative; narration; relation; recital; description; explanation; rehearsal. -- Account , Narrative , Narration , Recital . These words are applied to different modes of rehearsing a series of events. Account turns attention not so much to the speaker as to the fact related, and more properly applies to the report of some single event, or a group of incidents taken as whole; as, an account of a battle, of a shipwreck, etc. A narrative is a continuous story of connected incidents, such as one friend might tell to another; as, a narrative of the events of a siege, a narrative of one's life, etc. Narration is usually the same as narrative , but is sometimes used to describe the mode of relating events; as, his powers of narration are uncommonly great. Recital denotes a series of events drawn out into minute particulars, usually expressing something which peculiarly interests the feelings of the speaker; as, the recital of one's wrongs, disappointments, sufferings, etc.

Account transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Accounted ; present participle & verbal noun Accounting .] [ Middle English acounten , accompten , Old French aconter , à (L. ad ) + conter to count. French conter to tell, compter to count, Latin computare . See Count , transitive verb ]


1. To reckon; to compute; to count. [ Obsolete]

The motion of . . . the sun whereby years are accounted .
Sir T. Browne.

2. To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to . [ R.] Clarendon.

3. To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.

Accounting that God was able to raise him up.
Hebrew xi. 19.

4. To recount; to relate. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Account intransitive verb
1. To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.

2. To render an account; to answer in judgment; -- with for ; as, we must account for the use of our opportunities.

3. To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; -- with for ; as, idleness accounts for poverty.

To account of , to esteem; to prize; to value. Now used only in the passive. "I account of her beauty." Shak.

Newer was preaching more accounted of than in the sixteenth century.
Canon Robinson.

Account book A book in which accounts are kept. Swift.

Accountability noun The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; accountableness. "The awful idea of accountability ." R. Hall.

Accountable adjective
1. Liable to be called on to render an account; answerable; as, every man is accountable to God for his conduct.

2. Capable of being accounted for; explicable. [ R.]

True religion . . . intelligible, rational, and accountable , -- not a burden but a privilege.
B. Whichcote.

Syn. -- Amenable; responsible; liable; answerable.

Accountable ness noun The quality or state of being accountable; accountability.

Accountably adverb In an accountable manner.

Accountancy noun The art or employment of an accountant.

Accountant noun [ Confer French accomptant , Old French acontant , present participle]
1. One who renders account; one accountable.

2. A reckoner.

3. One who is skilled in, keeps, or adjusts, accounts; an officer in a public office, who has charge of the accounts.

Accountatn general , the head or superintending accountant in certain public offices. Also, formerly, an officer in the English court of chancery who received the moneys paid into the court, and deposited them in the Bank of England.

Accountant adjective Accountable. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Accountantship noun [ Accountant + -ship .] The office or employment of an accountant.

Accouple transitive verb [ Old French acopler , French accoupler . See Couple .] To join; to couple. [ R.]

The Englishmen accoupled themselves with the Frenchmen.
Hall.

Accouplement (-kŭp"'l*m e nt) noun [ Confer French accouplement .]
1. The act of coupling, or the state of being coupled; union. [ R.] Caxton.

2. That which couples, as a tie or brace. [ R.]

Accourage transitive verb [ Old French acoragier ; à (L. ad ) + corage . See Courage .] To encourage. [ Obsolete]