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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The cuts won't affect production workers at Tesla's assembly plant in California and battery factory in Nevada — the two operations that are furiously trying to fulfill paid customer reservations for the Model 3. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla cutting 9% of bloated workforce, CEO Elon Musk says," 12 June 2018 Sorbero said Friends also tries to fulfill special wishes. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Sunny Hill supporters raise funds to provide bus, activities for residents," 30 May 2018 Schubach said his interest in philanthropy came out of a desire to fulfill unmet needs in the community. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Air charter founder takes giving to new heights," 17 Apr. 2018 Breneman never had a chance to fulfill his great promise at Penn State, but played very well at UMass and went out as a productive player for the Minutemen. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "ESPN's mock 64-team college football bracket doesn't have good ending for Ohio State: Buckeye Breakfast," 14 Mar. 2018 Obviously, the company is trying to fulfill the FCC ownership requirement and at the same time give itself the best option to at least reap some of the financial benefits of at least getting some type of revenue. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Friendly buyers step up to help Sinclair shed enough TV stations to appease regulators," 9 Mar. 2018 In March, regional Telugu Desam Party quit Modi’s federal coalition, blaming the government government for failing to fulfill the promise of according special category status to India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh, where the party is based. Bibhudatta Pradhan, Bloomberg.com, "India's Ruling Coalition Loses a Second Ally as Pressure Builds," 20 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The administration’s move comes as Bautista remains under scrutiny in Haiti, where several of his companies are accused of corruption and failing to fulfill commitments. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Dominican senator accused of ripping off Haiti sanctioned by Trump administration," 12 June 2018 US Government Accountability Office data obtained by CNN in September 2017 found that both the McCain and Fitzgerald had lengthy records of failing to fulfill key training requirements. Jamie Crawford, CNN, "Former commander of USS McCain pleads guilty following deadly collision," 25 May 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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