Achieve vs. accomplish?

The difference between these two words is small but real. It becomes

most apparent in acceptable collocations. But beyond that, can some-

one spell out the differences. My feeling is that accomplish (from

plere) has to do with the act of doing, while achieve (from chief) has

more to do with the state of being there. But I know even if this is

right, it is a matter of degree. Any thoughts?

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  • 3 years ago
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    Achieve is to attain with effort while accomplish means to finish something successfully.

    For example, someone who does extremely well in school or in the career world is often called a high achiever because they've put effort into getting to that point. Accomplish is more like "I've accomplished so much today", as in I've finished many tasks today.

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