fulfill

verb
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

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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These policies alone were not enough – the United States has never been on target to fulfill its Paris promises. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 – and it couldn’t happen at a worse time," 9 Jan. 2019 More: Hue Jackson jumps in Lake Erie to fulfill promise after 0-16 season While Masoli was in the game, Manziel stood on the sideline next to quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison, often asking him questions. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Johnny Manziel's CFL debut with Hamilton Tiger-Cats a positive step in football comeback," 1 June 2018 Protests are also being planned across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, when Trump will examine the 30-foot-tall prototypes built along the international border to fulfill his signature campaign promise. Time, "Protestors Await President Trump on His First Visit to California Since His Election," 13 Mar. 2018 Of Ryan’s stated tax reform agenda, the TCJA fulfills exactly one pledge: heirs to multi-million dollar fortunes are no longer subject to estate taxes, at least temporarily. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan is leaving Congress in the most fitting way possible," 30 Nov. 2018 The rapper’s brother, named Miller, is also named as an administrator of the state in case Byrnes cannot fulfill his obligation. Fox News, "Mac Miller left a will behind," 15 Sep. 2018 Spencer Platt/Getty Images Voters tend to be cynical about politicians’ promises, but there’s an overwhelming consensus in the political science literature that politicians make good-faith efforts to fulfill their campaign promises. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 2018 The same thing, fulfill the entire mission and charter for a nonprofit and a university. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: RevUp CEO Steve Spinner on Recode Decode," 12 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, fashion alone didn't fulfill Karan after a series of personal tragedies. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Legendary Designer Donna Karan Reflects on Fashion, Philanthropy, and the Future," 2 Oct. 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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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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