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[v. ree-fil; n. ree-fil] /v. riˈfɪl; n. ˈriˌfɪl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to fill again.
a material, supply, or the like, to replace something that has been used up:
a refill for a prescription.
Origin of refill
1680-90; re- + fill
Related forms
refillable, adjective, noun
nonrefillable, adjective
unrefilled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for refill
  • The pressure drops and the combustible chemicals quickly refill the chamber, leading to a series of bursts.
  • And they should take the long way to return and refill the bottle at the water cooler on the way back.
  • Fuel indicator window reminds you to refill before hiking into the wilderness.
  • For some reason, the starboard ballast tanks have failed to refill properly, and the ship has abruptly lost its balance.
  • He reckons the process would have to be controlled to stop overheating, but a safe refill would take only five minutes.
  • Another ice age will be required to refill some depleted aquifers.
  • The idea that they can be charged almost instantly fits right in with the driver mindset of needing to periodically refill anyway.
  • Not being able to quickly refill whatever type of energy storage device that you're using is a significant disadvantage for us.
  • refill your water bottles once or twice, and make your coffee in a ceramic mug.
  • But it never takes long to refill the file of sound-alike mix-ups.
British Dictionary definitions for refill


verb (riːˈfɪl)
to fill (something) again
noun (ˈriːfɪl)
a replacement for a consumable substance in a permanent container
a second or subsequent filling: a refill at the petrol station
(informal) another drink to replace one already drunk
Derived Forms
refillable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for refill

1680s, from re- "back, again" + fill (v.). Related: Refilled; refilling.


1884, from refill (v.). Meaning "a second drink" is from 1929.

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