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[foo l-fil] /fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (used with object)
to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands.
to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.):
a book that fulfills a long-felt need.
to bring to an end; finish or complete, as a period of time:
He felt that life was over when one had fulfilled his threescore years and ten.
to develop the full potential of (usually used reflexively):
She realized that she could never fulfill herself in such work.
Also, fulfil.
Origin of fulfill
before 1000; Middle English fulfillen, Old English fulfyllan. See full1, fill
Related forms
fulfiller, noun
overfulfill, verb (used with object)
prefulfill, verb (used with object)
superfulfill, verb (used with object)
1. accomplish, achieve, complete, realize. 2. execute, discharge, observe. 3. meet, answer, fill, comply with. 4. end, terminate, conclude. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fulfill
  • Forget going overseas to fulfill your fixer-upper farmhouse fantasies.
  • These are the bottles that fulfill a wine's only duty on a warm afternoon: to be crisp and white.
  • He put on his coat and hat and went out to fulfill the day's doxology.
  • Those ancient tropes fulfill certain expectations and, at their best, provide incomparable pleasure.
  • But do not fear: many avenues exist to fulfill your other-white-meat quota.
  • Conjurers as much as copyists, they fulfill a wish or a fantasy.
  • The syllogistical façades excellently fulfill the purpose of riveting the attention by an allotted task.
  • Smiley said he had intended to fulfill the pledge but would now donate his money elsewhere.
  • Higher education seemed to be helping to fulfill egalitarian objectives.
  • The dean isn't a member of the committee, but the dean can and maybe should fulfill an important quality control function.
British Dictionary definitions for fulfill


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 fulfill

Old English fullfyllan "fill up, make full," from full + fyllan (see fill, which is ultimately from the root of full). Used early of prophecy and perhaps a translation of Latin implere, adimplere. Related: Fulfilled; fulfilling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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