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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By downloading the app for free (with some in-app purchases available), players can finally fulfill their dreams of renovating with Chip and designing with Jo. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's What You Need To Know About Chip And Joanna Gaines's House-Flipping Game," 11 Oct. 2018 Even those who cannot fulfill their aspirations for leadership in Congress may pursue successful careers elsewhere. Matthew Green, Vox, "Election Day is over. Now who will lead Congress?," 12 Nov. 2018 Elements of the initiative are already in place: Career Connect estimates there are 20,000 young people under the age of 30 who complete programs each year that fulfill at least some of those goals. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Washington voters don’t think schools prepare kids for careers. The state is trying to change that.," 31 Oct. 2018 Image: Yusaku Maezawa/Twitter Before Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa can fulfill his dream of seeing the Moon with an artist collective, SpaceX still needs to finish the rocket that will take the group to space. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The easiest way for Elon Musk to raise money for SpaceX might be tourism," 18 Sep. 2018 But Heffring and his team have put together a rather good package, one that fulfills the aim of giving you the thrill of experiencing lightweight, high-downforce racing cars in a safe manner. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 In a modern twist, the roof is lined with solar panels, which fulfill more than 40 percent of the building’s energy needs. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "1880s Victorian renovated into sustainable emergency shelter for families," 23 July 2018 Plus, just two eggs a day fulfills half of your daily needs for the memory-boosting nutrient choline, which, per recent studies most Americans severely lack. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "I Ate 3 Eggs Every Day for a Week — Here’s What I Learned," 13 July 2018 The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy. Fox News, "Kennedy retirement grants Trump second high court pick," 28 June 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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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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