\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Russian producers and manufacturers are unable to fill the gaps left by the collapse of western imports. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Other expeditions helped pull deep-sea sediment samples, and dozens of researchers have convened to discuss how to fill the most critical data gaps. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 If this were to happen, there would be two questions on the ballot for the 2nd Congressional District: who should fill the unexpired term, and who should serve the district for the next term, Downs said. The Indianapolis Star, 4 Aug. 2022 Will Europe have enough gas to fill its storage caverns and meet the elevated heating needs that come with cold weather? Michael Stoppard, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 In the deadest part of the NBA offseason, speculation rushes in to fill the gaps where there was once actual news. Hunter Felt, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Those are large shoes to fill, even for a 7-foot-1 big man with Kessler’s defensive prowess. Tom Green |, al, 30 July 2022 Ritter will have some big shoes to fill, replacing Tatiana Maslany, who was nominated for three Lead Actress Emmys (winning once) while playing multiple clone characters over the course of the original series. Dalton Ross,, 28 July 2022 The pedagogy has changed, but the educational purposes are familiar and, leaders say, critical to catch students up to fill social and learning gaps the pandemic may have created. Yana Kunichoff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At home or work, where speedy fill-ups aren't a concern, smart charging monitors temperature and load to maximize battery life. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 14 July 2022 That's the equivalent of a few free fill-ups a year. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 30 June 2022 As such, the greater duration of such charging stops compared to gasoline fill-ups is not a big burden. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 28 June 2022 One perk offered to shoppers this year is through the Upside app, which offers cash back on fuel fill-ups. William Thornton |, al, 23 June 2022 Alina Hille, 35, is used to cutting it close between fill-ups but had never actually run out until a recent Monday afternoon, sidelined on a St. Louis street with her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in tow. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 That area, all the way out to the harbor, was once harbor itself – and is now low-lying fill that includes I-95 and the rail yards, both of which flood regularly. Jan Ellen Spiegel,, 17 Jan. 2022 The rest is fill, the Styrofoam peanuts in between: commercials, replays, coaching, huddling, officials mulling, Tony Romo fretting, Jim Nantz Jim Nantzing. Jason Gay, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2022 This oil was in use for ten years, and may even be the factory fill. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2020 See More

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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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More Definitions for fill


\ 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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