ful·​fill·​ing fu̇(l)-ˈfi-liŋ How to pronounce fulfilling (audio)
 also  fə(l)-
: providing happiness or satisfaction
a fulfilling experience
a career that is personally fulfilling

Examples of fulfilling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Building trust is a journey and the rewards of stronger, more fulfilling relationships are well worth the effort. Mark Travers, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 An entire album feels more fulfilling to me than getting one track on [someone’s] next album. Damien Scott, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2023 Rustin’s last decade seems to have been personally fulfilling and politically lonely. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 My life is somehow becoming more beautiful and fulfilling, despite all the terrible things going on. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 21 Oct. 2023 The ability to see it through from beginning to completion has just been the most fulfilling professional thing of my life. Caroline Brew, Variety, 6 Oct. 2023 For rap fans, one of the most fulfilling parts about spending an afternoon submerged in, say, the snap era or cloud rap, is how those sounds can instantly zap you to a specific time in your life. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 3 Nov. 2023 The pursuit of a fulfilling romantic life is an ever-evolving journey, and the diversity of alternatives ensures that there is a solution for everyone. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2023 Intelligent automation isn’t here to completely take over the role of the agent but rather to assist them and ensure their strengths are being utilized, their role is fulfilling and high standards are met. Martin Taylor, Forbes, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fulfilling was in 1922

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Cite this Entry

“Fulfilling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fulfilling. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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