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or fulfil

[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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Go and fulfill your contract faithfully this time; a second rupture might not go so well with you as the first.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • I shall not be able to fulfill my engagements for to-night, so it really does not matter.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Surely a kind Providence watched over these unprotected ones that they might in after years fulfill their destiny.

    Blazing The Way Emily Inez Denny
  • To promise, however, is one thing, to fulfill the obligation another.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • She had learned by wireless of the appearance of the French craft in the danger zone, and had come to fulfill her mission.

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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