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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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 Dimitrov’s result fulfills Schinzel and Zassenhaus’ prediction that the distance is a function of some constant value divided by the degree of the polynomial. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematician Measures the Repulsive Force Within Polynomials," 14 May 2020 Along with a family’s primary caregivers, this village fulfills some of the most intimate and critical needs in our lives. Kasey Edwards, Fortune, "Unpaid childcare is an invisible subsidy to companies and the economy—it’s time to change that," 20 Mar. 2020 What started as something Sisler signed up for to fulfill a volunteer requirement at his college fraternity has blossomed into a 12-year-long friendship. BostonGlobe.com, "Traumatic events and toxic relationships during childhood can cast long shadows, often damaging mental health well into adulthood.," 16 Oct. 2019 Last year there was a belief that Thomas and Pettis, each now 24, could fulfill their draft-day promise and assume prominent roles. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ draft not a vote of confidence for Solomon Thomas, Dante Pettis," 4 May 2020 Similarly, Amazon struggles to fulfill its own customer demands, as governments ask for its help delivering vital supplies and testing kits via its private supply chains. Elizabeth M. Renieris, Wired, "Forget the Techlash. The Lawlash Is Long Overdue," 30 Apr. 2020 Wei-En Tan, the owner of 45 North Wine Bar, left a corporate job to fulfill her dream of opening a wine bar. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "North Mississippi businesses band together to seek rent break, stave off closure," 29 Apr. 2020 While Burrow was unable to shake Goodell's hand and walk across what was supposed to be an extravagant stage in Las Vegas, the quarterback still gets to fulfill his dream of making it to the NFL. Allen Kim, CNN, "Bengals select Joe Burrow with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft," 23 Apr. 2020 Moreover, Chaisson could even fulfill the SAM linebacker/designated pass rusher role that Stephen Jones mentioned recently. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Dallas Cowboys address pressing needs on defense, pick a tight end in our final 7-round mock draft," 20 Apr. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

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“Fulfill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fulfill. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce fulfill (audio)

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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