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verb \ˈfil\

Simple Definition of fill

  • : to make (something) full

  • : to become full

  • : to spread all through (an area, the air, etc.)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fill

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to put into as much as can be held or conveniently contained <fill a cup with water> b :  to supply with a full complement <the class is filled> c (1) :  to cause to swell or billow <wind filled the sails> (2) :  to trim (a sail) to catch the wind d :  to raise the level of with fill <filled land> e :  to repair the cavities of (teeth) f :  to stop up :  obstruct <wreckage filled the channel> g :  to stop up the interstices, crevices, or pores of (as cloth, wood, or leather) with a foreign substance

  3. 2 a :  feed, satiate b :  satisfy, fulfill <fills all requirements> c :  make out, complete —used with out or in <fill out a form> <fill in the blanks> d :  to draw the playing cards necessary to complete (as a straight or flush in poker)

  4. 3 a :  to occupy the whole of <smoke filled the room> b :  to spread through <music filled the air> c :  to make full <a mind filled with fantasies>

  5. 4 a :  to possess and perform the duties of :  hold <fill an office> b :  to place a person in <fill a vacancy>

  6. 5 :  to supply as directed <fill a prescription>

  7. 6 :  to cover the surface of with a layer of precious metal

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to become full

fill one's shoes

  1. :  to take over one's job, position, or responsibilities

Examples of fill in a sentence

  1. May I fill your glass for you?

  2. She filled her house with antiques.

  3. His massive body filled the doorway.

  4. He has enough books to fill a library.

  5. Two hundred people filled the room.

  6. fill a sheet of paper with writing

  7. a vase filled with flowers

  8. stadiums filled with cheering fans

  9. The rivers have filled and are close to flooding.

  10. The stadium filled more than an hour before the game.

Origin and Etymology of fill

Middle English, from Old English fyllan; akin to Old English full full

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of fill

  • : a full amount : all that someone wants or needs

  • : material that is used to fill something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fill

  1. 1 :  a full supply; especially :  a quantity that satisfies or satiates <eat your fill>

  2. 2 :  something that fills: as a :  material used to fill a receptacle, cavity, passage, or low place b :  a bit of instrumental music that fills the pauses between phrases (as of a vocalist or soloist) c :  artificial light used in photography to reduce or eliminate shadows —often used attributively <fill flash>

Examples of fill in a sentence

  1. They delivered a truckload of fill for the trench.

  2. <we ripped the tag off years ago, so we have no idea what the fill in that pillow is>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of fill

before 12th century

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FILL Defined for Kids



verb \ˈfil\

Definition of fill for Students



  1. 1 :  to make or become full <Please fill the tank.> <The pail filled slowly.>

  2. 2 :  to use up all the space or time in <Meetings filled his schedule.> <Cars filled the street.>

  3. 3 :  to spread through <Laughter filled the room.>

  4. 4 :  to stop up :  plug <The dentist filled a tooth.>

  5. 5 :  to do the duties of <Who fills the office of class president?>

  6. 6 :  to hire a person for <We have filled the position.>

  7. 7 :  to supply according to directions <I need to fill a prescription.>

  8. 8 :  to succeed in meeting or satisfying <You fill all requirements.>

fill in

  1. 1 :  to insert information <Fill in the blanks.>

  2. 2 :  to provide information <Fill me in on what's happening.>

  3. 3 :  to take another's place <Can you fill in while I'm away?>

fill out

  1. 1 :  to increase in size and fullness <The smaller plants are filling out.>

  2. 2 :  to complete by providing information <Please fill out a form.>




Definition of fill for Students

  1. 1 :  all that is wanted <I ate my fill.>

  2. 2 :  material for filling something

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb \ˈfil\

Medical Definition of fill

  1. 1:  to repair the cavities of (teeth)

  2. 2:  to supply as directed <fill a prescription>

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