\ 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 infill 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 attributivelyfill 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 The idea of how great this music is tends to fill them with awe. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Leon Fleisher, sublime pianist undaunted by mysterious hand malady, dies at 92," 3 Aug. 2020 As that rehiring slows, net job gains will depend more heavily on new hiring as companies expand or fill open slots left by workers who quit. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "After big job gains in June, many economists expect a slowdown amid rising coronavirus cases," 6 July 2020 Equitable Giving Circle, an eight-week-old nonprofit organization, is looking to fill more than 400 slots to feed families of color around the Portland metro area, according to a release from Equitable Giving Circle. oregonlive, "Local nonprofit Equitable Giving Circle looking to support families of color facing food insecurity," 1 July 2020 To use it as a wagon, simply fold up the front side, attach its mesh liner, fill it up, and pull it by its handle. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Southern Living, "This Beach Chair Converts Into a Wagon and Cart," 1 July 2020 Since then, Adidas has pledged to invest $120 million in Black communities over the next four years and fill 30% of its current job openings with someone Black or Hispanic. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Adidas HR chief out after reportedly calling worker racial concerns "noise"," 30 June 2020 Once the order took effect, Siskind set up an online form for people to share their stories, and asked his followers on social media to fill it out. Olivia Carville,, "Thousands Stranded, Families Separated After Trump H-1B Decree," 30 June 2020 The shortage left Burns scrambling for additional volunteers to fill slots during the four weekdays — Monday through Thursday — the pantry is open. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Economic downturn continues to keep Pearland pantry busy," 15 June 2020 Is the idea that governments should police online content any more acceptable than the idea that for-profit companies such as Facebook or Twitter should fill that role? Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Who should judge what's true? Tackling social media's global impact.," 8 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If kids have had their fill of 2D puzzles this year, invite them to try their hand at this 540-piece 3D Earth Jigsaw Puzzle. Sian Babish,, "Best indoor toys for bored kids," 4 Aug. 2020 Mackay was a late fill-in for Thomas’ usual caddie, Jimmy Johnson. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Justin Thomas wins WGC earning No. 1 world ranking; Scottie Scheffler earns top-20 finish in Memphis," 3 Aug. 2020 James Merlino, Cleveland Clinic chief technical officer, said the team helping the debate commission approached Cleveland Clinic CEO Tom Mihaljevic and CWRU President Barbara Snyder about serving as a fill-in. cleveland, "How Cleveland Clinic and CWRU ended up landing the first presidential debate," 29 July 2020 Having had his fill of going Wilt Chamberlain on the neighborhood middle schoolers, Murray is long since ready to begin dunking on players his own size. Jeff Mcdonald,, "For Spurs’ Dejounte Murray, every game counts," 13 July 2020 While the chair dries, tuff the pillowcases with fiber fill, filling one slightly more than the other. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Mikel Welch Shows How to Easily Get the Look of an Expensive Sheepskin Chair," 15 June 2020 The last word in coziness, it’s 100% cotton (180 thread count with polyester fill) and comes in enough patterns to satisfy even the most esoteric of tastes. CNN Underscored, "Maximize small rooms with Bed Bath & Beyond’s space-saving products," 10 July 2020 It would be priced a bit cheaper and would include discount gas fill-ups. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The bull run in tech and Chinese equities rolls on even as coronavirus cases spike," 9 July 2020 With her move to weekday prime time, a rotating group of fill-in anchors will take over her weekend time slot until a long-term hosting decision is made, according to the network. Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, "Joy Reid named new MSNBC host for 7 p.m. hour," 9 July 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Fill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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
\ 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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