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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Therefore, the hardy spacecraft could be a much cheaper way to fulfill the Russian deep space ambitions and save face for Roscosmos. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Soyuz Spacecraft Could Find New Life as a Lunar Taxi," 6 July 2018 That rate of production could allow Tesla to fulfill a lot of the orders that flood in this week in the coming months. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla opens orders to all US and Canadian Model 3 reservation holders," 29 June 2018 His principle interest is in lifting others to fulfill their highest potential and in doing so. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Recognizing Excellence In Education," 5 June 2018 In keeping with Central Indiana’s reputation as the racing capital of the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway capably fulfill any visitor’s need for speed with world-renowned auto racing activities and competitions. Shelley Specchio, Indianapolis Star, "Discovering Indianapolis’ vibrant neighborhoods: Hendricks County," 13 July 2018 Here are examples of how her home garden fulfills the eight principles of earth-friendly gardening. 1. Dawn Standke, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tally up your garden’s earth friendliness," 12 July 2018 Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh is a reliable way to fulfill his oath. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 The word of our leaders is so worthless now that Congress cannot even fulfill its basic functions. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "The new trustbusters," 3 July 2018 Chewy Pharmacy will also work collaboratively with veterinarians to coordinate and fulfill pet prescriptions. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Chewy.com enters online pet pharmacy market," 2 July 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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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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