ful·​fill·​ing | \ fu̇(l)-ˈfi-liŋ also fə(l)- How to pronounce fulfilling (audio) \

Definition of fulfilling

: providing happiness or satisfaction a fulfilling experience a career that is personally fulfilling

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Year after year, the most fulfilling part of coaching students to their dream scores on the SAT and ACT has been witnessing the personal growth that comes alongside such hard work. Hafeez Lakhani, Seventeen, "Here's Exactly How To Slay the SAT and ACT," 22 July 2018 The idea that people who seemed to have such full and fulfilling lives would kill themselves is a tragic reminder that celebrities who feel more familiar to us than some of our friends and neighbors are at the same time total strangers. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Anthony Bourdain suicide a reminder of celebrities' distance from us," 8 June 2018 Beckham said one of the most fulfilling parts of owning a business is knowing employees love working for the company. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati winner: Kingsgate Logistics traces its family values to its roots," 7 June 2018 Those who do are apt to find a more peaceful and fulfilling nature experience. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite Valley is under siege from tourists. Can it be saved?," 26 Apr. 2018 One of Lee’s volunteer positions, teaching reading to functionally illiterate adults, led to a long and fulfilling career as a reading teacher at Milw. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 3/8," 8 Mar. 2018 Mom may be her most fulfilling role to date — but don't think for a minute that Jennifer's given up the spotlight for the sandbox. Lori Berger, Redbook, "Jennifer Lopez: Why She's Not Giving Up the Spotlight for the Sandbox," 13 Apr. 2010 This type of investment will pay off for many years in terms of bigger paychecks and a more fulfilling career. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "Here are the best ways to use your tax refund," 12 Apr. 2018 The same could be said of workers who may choose a lower-paying, more fulfilling job and thereby give up their opportunity to have quality health care. Vanessa Bee, Daily Intelligencer, "How We Can Get a More Equal Union," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fulfilling

1922, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fulfilling

: providing happiness and satisfaction

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