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

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

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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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Newsom had originally sought to link transportation funding to the housing targets, withholding gas tax money for road repairs from jurisdictions that did not fulfill their planning quotas. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Why a Paradise school principal can’t stay," 28 June 2019 Management wrote in a letter to employees that it’s standard practice to fulfill orders for any customer acting within the law. chicagotribune.com, "Wayfair donates $100,000 to Red Cross for migrant aid after uproar over detention center furniture sale," 27 June 2019 My interest was in the process, that the process fulfill the law. Robert Chiarito, New York Times, "Jussie Smollett Case to Be Investigated by Special Prosecutor," 21 June 2019 Beyond Meat has already offered to step in and fulfill any orders Impossible can’t fill from restaurants — which means the faux-burger turf wars are officially on. Cait Munro, refinery29.com, "Beyond Burger Stock Is Soaring, But For Some Vegetarians, It's More Sizzle Than Steak," 20 June 2019 With these three divisions working together as one, Mike Albert helps clients fulfill their transportation needs in the most affordable, efficient, hassle-free and safest way possible. Mike Albert, Cincinnati.com, "Mike Albert associates keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the future," 7 June 2019 Now a national volunteer-powered nonprofit with international reach, Make-A-Wish fulfills specific dreams of children with critical illnesses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: San Diego International Fringe Festival, San Diego Festival of the Arts, ‘Wish Man’," 7 June 2019 Under this reading, Jon Snow could kill her and fulfill the prophecy. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Prophecies You Need to Remember Going into the Finale," 19 May 2019 Nobody wonders, for example, whether Ser Davos will fulfill his romantic destiny before meeting his maker. Courtney Shea, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brienne of Tarth Lives—And Gwendoline Christie Has Some Thoughts About that Love Triangle," 6 May 2019

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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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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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