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


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
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  • It is the right to obtain one's share of wealth by fulfilling the required conditions.

    What is Property? P. J. Proudhon
  • It shall be my pleasure to do my best in fulfilling your commands.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • They are inoffensive because they are happy, and they are happy without knowing why: they are fulfilling the law.

  • Were our duty always pleasant to us, where would be the merit in fulfilling it?

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • There was easy and sure accomplishment—in the sense that nothing could stop or hinder our fulfilling our own natures.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for fulfilling


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 fulfilling



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.



see fulfill. Related: fulfilment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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