fulfill

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

Essential Meaning of fulfill

1 : to do what is required by (something, such as a promise or a contract) fulfill a promise/vow He fulfilled his pledge to cut taxes. She failed to fulfill her obligations.
2 : to succeed in doing or providing (something) They haven't yet fulfilled [=met, satisfied] the requirements needed to graduate. The program is intended to fulfill the basic needs of children in the community. The committee was disbanded after it had fulfilled its purpose. [=after it had done what it was intended to do]
3 : to succeed in achieving (something) : to make (something, such as a dream) true or real If we could have that house, our dreams would be fulfilled. He fulfilled his childhood wish to become a professional baseball player. See More ExamplesShe fulfilled her life's ambition when she started her own business. Their vacation failed to fulfill their expectations. [=their vacation was not as good as they expected it to be] With the money she earned in the stock market, she was finally able to fulfill her dreams. [=she was finally able to do the things she had always dreamed of doing] He has a lot of talent, but he hasn't really fulfilled [=lived up to, reached] his potential.Hide

Full 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

Other Words from fulfill

fulfiller noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The parties are due back in court Dec. 3 to determine where Dalle will fulfill her community service requirement. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2021 Jeff Bezos’ wanderlust led him to step down from Amazon this year and fulfill his childhood fantasy of going to space. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 This bill, whatever its shortcomings, contains a vision of society: a more humane place where wealth is being shifted back from the rich to the middle so that more people can fulfill their potential. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2021 Bill Murray obliged Dan Aykroyd to do some Blues Brothers–style dancing, which Aykroyd did fulfill. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 Within a half hour they had been joined by a couple dozen others who wanted to learn from Tucker how to grow, improve, and fulfill their own college dreams. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 The same congestion at U.S. ports and shortage of truck drivers that have brought the flow of some goods to a halt have also left farmers struggling to get their cargo abroad and fulfill contracts before food supplies go bad. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2021 His military assignments around the world helped the couple fulfill their travel bug. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Nov. 2021 However, among that group, 53% said their biggest concern is the possibility that a merchant may not fulfill their order on time. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2021

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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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“Fulfill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fulfill. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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