fulfill

verb
ful·​fill | \ fu̇(l)-ˈfil also fə(l)- How to pronounce fulfill (audio) \
variants: or fulfil
fulfilled; fulfilling

Definition of fulfill

transitive verb

1a : to put into effect : execute He fulfilled his pledge to cut taxes.
b : to meet the requirements of (a business order) Their order for more TVs was promptly fulfilled.
c : to measure up to : satisfy She hasn't yet fulfilled the requirements needed to graduate.
d : to bring to an end she came to install herself and fulfill her time at the house— Willa Cather
2a : to develop the full potentialities of He has a lot of talent, but he hasn't really fulfilled his potential.
b : to convert into reality a sense of the failure of life to fulfill its ultimate expectations— Leslie Rees
3 archaic : to make full : fill her subtle, warm, and golden breath … fulfills him with beatitude— Alfred Tennyson

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Other Words from fulfill

fulfiller noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fulfill

Synonyms

answer, complete, comply (with), fill, keep, meet, redeem, satisfy

Antonyms

breach, break, transgress, violate

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perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

Examples of fulfill in a Sentence

He fulfilled his pledge to cut taxes. She failed to fulfill her obligations. The program is intended to fulfill the basic needs of children in the community. If we could have that house, our dreams would be fulfilled. He fulfilled his childhood wish to become a professional baseball player. She fulfilled her life's ambition when she started her own business. He's trying to fulfill himself as an artist.
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Today’s Osprey is a mature aircraft design that fulfills the Pentagon's decades-long vision. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "V-22 Osprey: The Story of the Revolutionary Tiltrotor Aircraft," 8 Feb. 2019 The withdrawal will fulfill Trump’s goal of bringing troops home from Syria, but military leaders have pushed back for months, arguing that IS remains a threat and could regroup. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "US commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse," 5 Feb. 2019 Joe spends all night reading blogs where women recount their attempts to date men to deny their true self before accepting that a man could never fulfill their emotional needs. Susanna Fogel, Glamour, "This Is What You’ve Got Mail Would Look Like 20 Years Later," 20 Dec. 2018 Pedestrian walkways and direct street access fulfill the other requirements, Ray said. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Developer drops plans for controversial Gilbert four-story apartment complex," 25 June 2018 There appear to be only three products — just enough to fulfill exactly the number of wishes a genie would grant. Marci Robin, Allure, "M.A.C. Has Teamed Up With Disney for an Aladdin Makeup Collection," 14 Mar. 2019 Roughly 65,000 Arkansans actually needed to fulfill the state’s work requirement. Dylan Scott, Vox, "16,932 people have lost Medicaid coverage under Arkansas’s work requirements," 18 Dec. 2018 Separately, Pai's FCC has failed to fulfill an Ars request for records related to the FCC's measurement of in-home broadband speeds. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "“What is the FCC hiding?” Pai still won’t release net neutrality server logs," 3 Dec. 2018 Sci-Hub then archived the article with LibGen, to fulfill any subsequent requests. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of fulfill

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for fulfill

Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan, from full + fyllan to fill

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fulfill

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fulfill

: to do what is required by (something, such as a promise or a contract)
: to succeed in doing or providing (something)
: to succeed in achieving (something) : to make (something, such as a dream) true or real

fulfill

verb
ful·​fill
variants: or fulfil \ fu̇l-​ˈfil \
fulfilled; fulfilling

Kids Definition of fulfill

1 : to make real fulfill a dream
2 : satisfy sense 4 fulfill a requirement

Other Words from fulfill

fulfillment \ -​mənt \ noun

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