fill in the blanks

Definition of fill in the blanks

1 :to put information into blank spaces :to provide missing information
  • Please fill in the blanks on the questionnaire.
sometimes used figuratively
  • At the end of the movie, the narrator goes back and fills in (all) the blanks.
2 :to provide one's own conclusion
  • He would not tell me the whole story of the argument, and I was left to fill in the blanks for myself.

Word by Word Definitions

fill play
  1. : to put into as much as can be held or conveniently contained

  2. : to supply with a full complement

  3. : to cause to swell or billow

  1. : a full supply

  2. : something that fills: such as

  3. : material used to fill a receptacle, cavity, passage, or low place

blank play blanks
  1. : colorless

  2. : appearing or causing to appear dazed, confounded, or nonplussed

  3. : expressionless

  1. : the bull's-eye of a target

  2. : an empty space (as on a paper)

  3. : a paper with spaces for the entry of data

  1. : obscure, obliterate

  2. : to stop access to : seal

  3. : to keep (an opponent) from scoring


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