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.

before 1000; Middle English fulfillen, Old English fulfyllan. See full1, fill

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.
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fulfil or fulfill (fʊlˈfɪl)
vb , (US) -fils, -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
[Old English fulfyllan]
fulfill or fulfill
[Old English fulfyllan]
ful'filler or fulfill
ful'filment or fulfill
ful'fillment or fulfill

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Word Origin & History

O.E. 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 L. implere, adimplere. Related: Fulfilled; fulfilling.
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