fulfill

verb
ful·​fill | \ fu̇(l)-ˈfil also fə(l)- How to pronounce fulfill (audio) \
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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Companies exporting from the U.K. to the EU would spend about £13 billion ($17 billion) more in total a year to fulfill their customs declarations duties, according to the agency. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Companies Plan for Tariffs, More Paperwork in Case of ‘No-Deal’ Brexit," 28 Jan. 2019 Accordingly, Sam and Bash try to circumvent her by arranging meetings when Debbie, who has recently become a single mother, must return home to fulfill various maternal duties. Rachel Vorona Cote, The New Republic, "In GLOW, Who Gets To Be Empowered?," 28 June 2018 On May 19, Saturday Night Live wrapped up their 43rd season with former cast member Tina Fey returning to fulfill host duties and Nicki Minaj as the featured musical guest. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Who Should Be a Musical Guest on Season 44 of 'Saturday Night Live?' Vote!," 21 May 2018 The Kansas Supreme Court declared in October that the state’s current funding of more than $4 billion a year isn’t enough for lawmakers to fulfill their duty under the Kansas Constitution to finance a suitable education for every child. John Hanna, BostonGlobe.com, "Kansas increases school aid in response to court order," 9 Apr. 2018 Now, including Ryan Gravel, whose master’s thesis formed the basis of the necklace of trails and planned transit connecting 45 city neighborhoods, say the More MARTA tax is the vehicle to fulfill promises to build Beltline light rail. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta Beltline group pushes MARTA for funding of full rail loop," 12 July 2018 Three months after consultant Beth Clark sent in her final report, the city has yet to fulfill that promise. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Lawrence police study has been done for months — but city has delayed its release," 2 July 2018 The tariffs are meant to fulfill Trump’s promises to defend U.S. industry. San Antonio Express-News, "White House to impose metal tariffs on key U.S. allies, risking retaliation," 31 May 2018 The plan will help Modi fulfill his promise of raising incomes to placate farmers saddled with higher debt amid falling commodity prices, and shore up his support ahead of federal elections early next year. Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 12 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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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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