Simple Definition of fulfill
: to do what is required by (something, such as a promise or a contract)
: to succeed in doing or providing (something)
: to succeed in achieving (something) : to make (something, such as a dream) true or real
Full Definition of fulfill
1 archaic : to make full : fill <her subtle, warm, and golden breath…fulfills him with beatitude — Alfred Tennyson>
3 a : to convert into reality b : to develop the full potentialities of
Examples of fulfill
He fulfilled his pledge to cut taxes.
She failed to fulfill her obligations.
The program is intended to fulfill the basic needs of children in the community.
If we could have that house, our dreams would be fulfilled.
He fulfilled his childhood wish to become a professional baseball player.
She fulfilled her life's ambition when she started her own business.
He's trying to fulfill himself as an artist.
Variants of fulfill
Origin of fulfill
Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan, from full + fyllan to fill
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of fulfill
Rhymes with fulfill
anthill, at will, backfill, ball mill, bluegill, Brazil, breast drill, cranesbill, crossbill, de Mille, dentil, de-skill, distill, doorsill, downhill, duckbill, dullsville, dunghill, fire drill, foothill, freewill, free will, gin mill, goodwill, gristmill, handbill, hawksbill, hornbill, Huntsville, ill will, instill, Knoxville, lambkill, landfill, limekiln, manille, McGill, Melville, mixed grill, molehill, mudsill, Nashville, no-till, pep pill, per mill, playbill, pot still, pug mill, quadrille, red squill, refill, roadkill, sawmill, Schuylkill, self-will, Seville, sheathbill, shoebill, show bill, sidehill, sigil, spadille, spoonbill, stabile, standstill, stock-still, storksbill, T-bill, treadmill, true bill, twin bill, twist drill, until, uphill, vaudeville, waxbill, waybill, windchill, windmill, Zangwill
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