ful·​fill | \ fu̇(l)-ˈfil How to pronounce fulfill (audio) also fə(l)- \
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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web All season long, it's been a question for Sam, whether to fulfill Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) wishes and pick up the shield. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier midseason trailer tees up a showdown with the new Captain America," 12 Apr. 2021 Production hiccups earlier this year caused an initial shortfall, but the company is on track to fulfill its deal with the federal government for 100 million shots by the end of June. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine shipments to be delayed after production mix-up ruins 15M doses," 31 Mar. 2021 Every fashion season, designers try to divine consumer desire six months ahead of time then provide pieces that will fulfill it. Vogue Runway, Vogue, "Vogue’s Critics on Fall 2021—Runway Posturing Is Out, and Real-Life Comfort and Cool Are In," 15 Mar. 2021 As the Journal reported, WeWork is in talks about a potential deal to merge with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, to fulfill its ambitions of becoming a public company at long last. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Former WeWork CEO in talks to get nearly $500 million in SoftBank settlement," 23 Feb. 2021 Republican commissioners, along with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, expressed skepticism over the Dodd-Frank provision and whether the SEC was best-positioned to fulfill its policy purpose. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "SEC Approves Scaled-Back Disclosure Rule for Energy, Mining Companies," 16 Dec. 2020 In a typical year, athletic departments would be on the hook to fulfill an allotment of several thousand tickets. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "What to make of what should be a unique and uncertain college football bowl schedule," 29 Oct. 2020 These requirements are difficult – if not impossible – for homeless people to fulfill. Dora Kingsley Vertenten, The Conversation, "As few as 1 in 10 homeless people vote in elections – here’s why," 15 Oct. 2020 In 1994, Lambden sued the HOA and alleged the board had failed to fulfill its duties. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Termite fumigation concerns," 17 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of fulfill was before the 12th century

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“Fulfill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fulfill. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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