\ 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 Before the emergence of national networks to provide programming, local stations had to come up with their own ways to fill those hours. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Oct. 2021 In a bid to fill growing vacancies, Cuyahoga County is condensing its traditional month-long hiring process for corrections officers down to two hours. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 16 Oct. 2021 Officials said 194,000 people found work, a tepid number and evidence that the pandemic remained a problem, with many companies struggling to fill millions of open jobs. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Still, the latest pair of shoes that the star's been asked to fill are the most imposing yet. Nick Romano,, 15 Oct. 2021 Finding workers to fill crucial roles at manufacturing and other businesses around Lake County became a challenge months ago as the unemployment rate began to drop and the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to rethink their hiring strategy. Steve Sadin,, 15 Oct. 2021 The sheer number of quits helps explain why so many employers are struggling to fill hiring gaps, said Danny Nelms, president of the Work Institute, a consulting firm that conducts 40,000 exit interviews each year for companies. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Their more spendthrift mood spells continued strain for supply chains, which were struggling to fill orders even at lower levels of spending. Nathan Dicamillo, Quartz, 15 Oct. 2021 Applications for jobless aid, which generally track the pace of layoffs, have fallen steadily since last spring as many businesses, struggling to fill jobs, have held onto their workers., 15 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Contractors will use fill dirt to raise the highway above its current elevation through Lumberton, said Matt Lauffer, NCDOT’s hydraulics design engineer. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, the sinkhole keeps getting bigger, and every time there is significant rainfall, Barry’s yard and basement fill with water., 6 Oct. 2021 Sous vide machines have minimum and maximum fill levels that the water bath should always be within. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 Plus, decorative comforters tend to be more style-driven, whereas duvet inserts are focused on quality construction and offer more choices for fill materials and warmth levels. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2021 Description: Three 10-year-old first fill barrels were mixed together and released by bottler Decadent Drinks. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Replace the flapper or the fill valve inside the tank. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The bottom of the plug hole is the maximum fill line, so when oil starts dripping out, you're finished. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, 20 Sep. 2021 For unknown reasons, port officials said, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers added the fill dirt to the slope in the mid-20th century. Steven Litt, cleveland, 19 Sep. 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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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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