Definition of fulfill
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 Catherd : 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 Reesb : to develop the full potentialities of He has a lot of talent, but he hasn't really fulfilled his potential.
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.
Origin and Etymology of fulfill
Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan, from full + fyllan to fill
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of fulfill
FULFILL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fulfill for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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