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[foo l-fil] /fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (used with object), fulfilled, fulfilling.
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  • For me nothing remains but to await with patience and fulfil with punctuality whatsoever may be ordered.
  • Life's purpose is ours to decide and ours to fulfil.
  • Any pedal-powered commuting machine worth its salt has to fulfil a few basic criteria.
  • As long as you fulfil your legitimate duties, you're fine.
  • In the first place he thought that children were condemned to fulfil that portion of a parent's life left undone.
  • If a country sells itself as business friendly, it needs to fulfil its promises.
  • Some people then spend their lives trying to fulfil that myth and end up sorely disappointed.
  • Even when they were switched on, nuclear-power stations did not fulfil their promise.
  • Whether he can fulfil his immense potential remains to be seen.
  • All students must fulfil requirements in ethics, law, writing and internationalism.
British Dictionary definitions for fulfil


verb (transitive) -fils (US) -fills, -filling, -filled
to bring about the completion or achievement of (a desire, promise, etc)
to carry out or execute (a request, etc)
to conform with or satisfy (regulations, demands, etc)
to finish or reach the end of: he fulfilled his prison sentence
fulfil oneself, to achieve one's potential or desires
Derived Forms
fulfiller, noun
fulfilment, (US) fulfillment, noun
Word Origin
Old English fulfyllan
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Word Origin and History for fulfil

see fulfill. Related: fulfilment.

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