ful·​fill | \fu̇(l)-ˈfil also fə(l)- \
variants: or fulfil
fulfilled; fulfilling

Definition of fulfill 

transitive verb

1 archaic : to make full : fill her subtle, warm, and golden breath … fulfills him with beatitude— Alfred Tennyson

2a : 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 bring to an end she came to install herself and fulfill her time at the house— Willa Cather

d : to measure up to : satisfy She hasn't yet fulfilled the requirements needed to graduate.

3a : to convert into reality a sense of the failure of life to fulfill its ultimate expectations— Leslie Rees

b : to develop the full potentialities of He has a lot of talent, but he hasn't really fulfilled his potential.

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Other Words from fulfill

fulfiller noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fulfill


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


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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The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy. Fox News, "Kennedy retirement grants Trump second high court pick," 28 June 2018 Los Alamitos fulfills its role as a bridge on the Southern California racing circuit as its summer meeting opens Thursday. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Los Alamitos ready for its summer run of horse racing doubleheaders," 27 June 2018 Minutes later, dozens of funeral participants stationed around the stadium moved into action to fulfill their roles in the ceremony. Ian Cummings, Glenn E. Rice, Lauren Fox, Katie Bernard And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "'Thank you just isn't good enough.' Police, friends and family bid deputies farewell," 21 June 2018 In this inaugural production, Encore Players has combined with students in COMPANY Elite to fulfill eight audition-only roles in the show. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Encore Arts presents 'Peter/Wendy' in Fulshear," 21 Feb. 2018 The 49-year-old executive is a founding member and on the current board of directors of Step Up, which aims to help girls living or going to school in areas where resources are sorely lacking fulfill their full potential. Allie Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "Meet Channing Dungey, the Woman Who Announced the "Roseanne" Cancellation," 30 May 2018 Humphries on track Left tackle D.J. Humphries is on track to fulfill his vow of being in the starting lineup when the season begins Sept. 9 against Washington. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Cardinals' David Johnson likes the idea of running behind a fullback," 15 May 2018 There are many exceptions in which companies can still collect data, such as when that information is necessary to fulfill a contract with you. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Stage Is Set for Battle Over Data Privacy in Europe," 11 May 2018 But gaining a firm foothold in Asia, the world’s largest meat producer and the continent where demand for meat is growing the fastest, will be critical if Brown is to fulfill his mission. Time, "Meet the Founder of Impossible Foods, Whose Meat-Free Burgers Could Transform the Way We Eat," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fulfill

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

History and Etymology for fulfill

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

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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


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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