\ ˈfil How to pronounce fill (audio) \
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.



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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Yet employers have been unable to fill these positions in recent months, a sign that many qualified workers are holding out for other opportunities, said Tim Herbert, CompTIA’s executive vice president for research and market intelligence. Angus Loten, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Many Biden supporters hoped the new administration, which has stressed its commitment to inclusivity and diversity, would fill those positions with qualified applicants who often lack powerful connections., 18 June 2021 The Mavericks are expected to fill these positions soon because of imminent dates on the NBA calendar, including the draft combine (June 21-27), the draft (June 29) and the beginning of free agency (Aug. 2). Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 That shortfall means the council may not be able to invest in infrastructure improvements at its camps or fill some staff positions, Latham said. CBS News, 15 June 2021 The company had begun leaning on high-schoolers to fill the positions. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 The district anticipates more appointments prior to the start of the school year to fill positions that were vacated and as other educators change their roles, district officials said. Linda Girardi,, 9 June 2021 Restaurants, hotels and stores are scrambling to find workers to fill lower-paying positions as demand surges along with reopenings. NBC News, 9 June 2021 In addition to Chipotle, chains like McDonald’s and Taco Bell have gone on hiring blitzes, offering incentives such as higher wages and cash bonuses to fill positions. cleveland, 9 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among the new features of the motor are the use of hairpin windings that provide a higher fill ratio of copper that improves performance and efficiency. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 8 June 2021 It will be used for fill when the SDSU Mission Valley project moves into future phases. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2021 The Orioles' first batter, Cedric Mullins, launched a long fly ball off the wall in right-center, a ball that ricocheted past fill-in right fielder Willians Astudillo, which took Garlick by surprise. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 Joe Sebes said the work, which is scheduled to begin in June and be completed by September, is more than a typical mill-and-fill project and could require additional funds outside of the $150,000 grant. John Benson, cleveland, 20 May 2021 Sophomore David Gbenda played Overshown’s part well as a fill-in this spring and recorded a game-high seven tackles in the Orange-White spring scrimmage. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 18 May 2021 The fan-favorite dog bed comes in 16 colors, five sizes, and three fill types: orthopedic foam, memory foam, and cooling gel foam. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2021 It's made of 100% BPA-free, high-density polyethylene plastic, is semi-rigid and lighweight (roughly .22 pounds) for comfortable carrying and has a wide mouth for easy fill-ups. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 More than half the respondents had up to seven open positions and a quarter had 14 or more openings — with the hardest-to-fill jobs being positions that make between $15 and $25 an hour. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of fill


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


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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21 Jun 2021

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“Fill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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.)



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


\ ˈfil How to pronounce fill (audio) \
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.



Kids Definition of fill (Entry 2 of 2)

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


transitive verb
\ ˈfil How to pronounce fill (audio) \

Medical Definition of fill

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

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