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


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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That’s how much the New York investment manager is paying for 179 million square feet of urban logistics properties — the warehouses used by Amazon.com Inc. and other retailers to fulfill orders from online shoppers. latimes.com, "Blackstone bets big on Amazon, e-commerce with $18.7-billion acquisition," 3 June 2019 Detective Pikachu feels like someone took a very specific list, checked off every item, and then went to a dollar store to fulfill the order with off-brand merchandise. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The internet’s horrified with Detective Pikachu," 12 Nov. 2018 Some employees will work with Amazon's most cutting-edge technologies, such as Amazon robotics that are planned to be used on a daily basis at the new center to fulfill customers orders. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Romulus Amazon facility now hiring 1,500 new full-time employees," 11 July 2018 TeaSquares likely will hire three more part-time workers and buy more equipment to fulfill the Jewel orders, Buckner said. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "How TeaSquares, a South Side food startup, grew from an idea to soon selling in 187 Jewel-Osco stores," 1 June 2018 During a portion on ecommerce, Meeker noted that Google started out offering search ads, then letting other companies fulfill orders. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, "Mary Meeker: Google becoming an ecommerce company, Amazon becoming a search ads company," 30 May 2018 In an interview with CNBC, Chief Digital and Information Officer Curt Garner points out that digital orders take around 12 minutes to fulfill. refinery29.com, "Don't Call It A Drive-Thru, But Chipotle Is Making It Easier To Order Food," 28 May 2018 To fulfill the orders, Laird and Lepak bought a massive, 50-liter mixing machine to grind the peanuts into a paste and add the plant protein. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A lot more than peanuts is going into this protein-packed peanut butter," 3 May 2018 Instacart wants Walmart to list its grocery items for sale on Instacart’s app, while Walmart simply wants to use Instacart delivery people to fulfill orders that flow exclusively through Walmart’s own digital properties. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Why Walmart is partnering with everyone except Instacart for its grocery delivery service," 24 Apr. 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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The first known use of fulfill was before the 12th century

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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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