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[ree-fyoo-uh l] /riˈfyu əl/
verb (used with object), refueled, refueling or (especially British) refuelled, refuelling.
to supply again with fuel:
to refuel an airplane.
verb (used without object), refueled, refueling or (especially British) refuelled, refuelling.
to take on a fresh supply of fuel:
The plane refueled at Paris and flew on.
Origin of refuel
1805-15; re- + fuel
Related forms
refuelable, adjective
nonrefueling, adjective
nonrefuelling, adjective
unrefueled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for refuel
  • Today's robots that fly, jump or roll around must refuel or recharge as does any gadget that runs out of energy.
  • Experts advise endurance athletes to refuel during their events.
  • Drivers stop in the same places to rest, eat and refuel.
  • Attendants and drivers with little or no specialized training will be able to operate the facility to refuel vehicles.
  • If you must refuel on ozone action days do so in the early morning or evening.
  • Do not refuel trucks in hazardous areas or around heat sources.
  • In remote sites it is not possible to refuel the generators by removal or other normal methods.
  • People who refuel, repair, or drive the vehicles may need to be trained in using the new fuels.
  • Simply waiting until dusk to refuel can reduce this phenomenon.
British Dictionary definitions for refuel


verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
to supply or be supplied with fresh fuel
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Word Origin and History for refuel

also re-fuel, 1811, from re- "again" + fuel (v.). Originally in a spiritual sense. Related: Refueled; refuelling.

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