fill

verb
\ ˈfil \
filled; filling; fills

Definition of fill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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 (a material, such as cloth, wood, or leather) with a foreign substance
2a : feed, satiate fill livestock
b : satisfy, fulfill fills all requirements
c : make out, complete used with out or in fill out a formfill in the blanks
d : to draw the playing cards necessary to complete fill a straight or flush in poker
3a : 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
4a : to possess and perform the duties of : hold fill an office
b : to place a person in fill a vacancy
5 : to supply as directed fill a prescription
6 : to cover the surface of with a layer of precious metal a gold-filled bracelet

intransitive verb

: to become full the rivers filled
fill one's shoes
: to take over one's job, position, or responsibilities No one will be able to fill his shoes after he retires.

fill

noun

Definition of fill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a full supply especially : a quantity that satisfies or satiates eat your fill
2 : something that fills: such 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fill

Synonyms: Verb

brim, charge, cram, heap, jam, jam-pack, load, pack, stuff

Synonyms: Noun

filler, filling, padding, stuffing, wadding

Antonyms: Verb

clear, empty, evacuate, vacate, void

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Examples of fill in a Sentence

Verb

May I fill your glass for you? She filled her house with antiques. His massive body filled the doorway. He has enough books to fill a library. Two hundred people filled the room. fill a sheet of paper with writing a vase filled with flowers stadiums filled with cheering fans The rivers have filled and are close to flooding. The stadium filled more than an hour before the game.

Noun

They delivered a truckload of fill for the trench. we ripped the tag off years ago, so we have no idea what the fill in that pillow is
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Oil storage is filling up in the country as President Nicolás Maduro’s regime struggles to line up buyers for the crude shipments that make up his government’s only real source of income. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Venezuela Struggles to Pump, Ship Oil After U.S. Sanctions," 4 Feb. 2019 As soon as the guests arrive, they are seated according to their party—groom on the right, bride on the left—filling each tent with dozens of sunglasses, bright suits and kitenges. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 All the expectations placed on new moms—breastfeed without complaining, look pretty (but don’t wear too much makeup), fill your Instagram feed with cute baby pics—can also be a major source of guilt. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Mindy Kaling Is Done Feeling Guilty Over New Mom Expectations," 21 Jan. 2019 Darting clusters of weaverbirds filled the camel thorn branches above us. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 So refer to our handy 2018 Fall Foliage Map to find when the brightest leaves will pop up in your region, then fill up the tank for one of the below drives (organized from west to east) the family won't forget. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 First produced in 1981, it was meant to be an inexpensive but capable fighter that could fill the majority of the USSR’s air fleets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "For Sale: One MiG-29 Fighter Jet, Gently Used," 9 Jan. 2019 In addition to being the nation’s epicenter of country music, Nashville is absolutely booming right now, filled to the brim with visitors in town just to check out the food, live music on Broadway, and shopping. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Cedar booths fill the front of the space, while in the back there are seven tables. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "The Restaurateurs Behind Hart’s and Cervo’s Open a New Wine Bar in Brooklyn," 9 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The spot of the original stage is under a layer of compacted fill. Michael Hill, BostonGlobe.com, "Archaeologists scour Woodstock 1969 concert field," 21 June 2018 The spot of the original stage is under a layer of compacted fill. Washington Post, "Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock ‘69 concert field," 21 June 2018 In the meantime, fans can get their fill of Noah on T@gged, a very un-TATBILB thriller — season three premieres today (December 7) on Hulu. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Weighs in on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Sequel," 7 Dec. 2018 Then Keith came in with a drum fill just before Donna’s second verse, playing a solid ballad-esque half-time style, anticipating the beat to come. Marc Myers, WSJ, "The Nonsense Lyrics That Donna Summer Turned Into a Classic," 22 Aug. 2018 For a quick tire fill, put down the hand pump and turn to CO2. Tyghe Trimble, Popular Mechanics, "Bike Commuter's Christmas: Gadget Gift Guide," 11 Mar. 2010 Here, guests can snap their fill of hauntingly cool Instagram photos. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018 The Pit Is a Nervy Place On any given MotoAmerica weekend you’ll be treated to your fill of racing with Superbikes, Supersport, Junior Cup, Stock 1000 and Twins. Mitchell Nicholson, Popular Mechanics, "The Great American Motorcycle Racing Revival," 7 Sep. 2018 In 12 games and 40 at-bats in June, John Hicks, the fill-in for Cabrera at first baseman, has hit .325 with one home run and five RBIs. Vito Chirco, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers: 5 numbers you need to know about Hicks, Iglesias, more," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of fill

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fill

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of fill was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for fill

fill

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (something) full
: to become full
: to spread all through (an area, the air, etc.)

fill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fill (Entry 2 of 2)

: a full amount : all that someone wants or needs
: material that is used to fill something

fill

verb
\ ˈfil \
filled; filling

Kids Definition of fill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or become full Please fill the tank. The pail filled slowly.
2 : to use up all the space or time in Meetings filled his schedule. Cars filled the street.
3 : to spread through Laughter filled the room.
4 : to stop up : plug The dentist filled a tooth.
5 : to do the duties of Who fills the office of class president?
6 : to hire a person for We have filled the position.
7 : to supply according to directions I need to fill a prescription.
8 : to succeed in meeting or satisfying You fill all requirements.
fill in
1 : to insert information Fill in the blanks.
2 : to provide information Fill me in on what's happening.
3 : to take another's place Can you fill in while I'm away?
fill out
1 : to increase in size and fullness The smaller plants are filling out.
2 : to complete by providing information Please fill out a form.

fill

noun

Kids Definition of fill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : all that is wanted I ate my fill.
2 : material for filling something
\ ˈfil \

Medical Definition of fill

1 : to repair the cavities of (teeth)
2 : to supply as directed fill a prescription

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