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fulfil

[foo l-fil] /fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (used with object), fulfilled, fulfilling.
1.

fulfill

[foo l-fil] /fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
2.
to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands.
3.
to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.):
a book that fulfills a long-felt need.
4.
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.
5.
to develop the full potential of (usually used reflexively):
She realized that she could never fulfill herself in such work.
Also, fulfil.
Origin
1000
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)
Synonyms
1. accomplish, achieve, complete, realize. 2. execute, discharge, observe. 3. meet, answer, fill, comply with. 4. end, terminate, conclude.
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Examples for fulfilled
  • She would tell us if our search for the snow leopard would be fulfilled.
  • Once again, the needs of all dogs must be fulfilled on a daily basis, but especially for power breeds.
  • If the economic aspirations of the newly added population are fulfilled, the environmental pressures would be mind-boggling.
  • If one is able to make it through a busy city, with noise and traffic then criteria for impairment are probably not fulfilled.
  • The sum of these effects is that at no time are all of the conditions for creating a bright sky fulfilled.
  • He demands that his desires must be fulfilled, right or wrong.
  • But as far as the first goal is fulfilled, organic food production will always find a niche in our global economy.
  • If my two conditions are fulfilled, then the evolution begins right there.
  • These considerations are not obvious and still there are some gaps that need to be fulfilled.
  • No amount of accurate reporting of facts, good models, nor predictions fulfilled makes any difference.
British Dictionary definitions for fulfilled

fulfil

/fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (transitive) -fils (US) -fills, -filling, -filled
1.
to bring about the completion or achievement of (a desire, promise, etc)
2.
to carry out or execute (a request, etc)
3.
to conform with or satisfy (regulations, demands, etc)
4.
to finish or reach the end of he fulfilled his prison sentence
5.
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 fulfilled

fulfill

v.

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.

fulfil

v.

see fulfill. Related: fulfilment.

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