re·​fill | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfil \
refilled; refilling; refills

Definition of refill 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fill again : replenish

intransitive verb

: to become filled again


re·​fill | \ ˈrē-ˌfil \

Definition of refill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a product or a container and a product used to refill the exhausted supply of a device
2 : something provided again especially : a second or later filling of a medical prescription

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Other Words from refill


refillable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈfi-​lə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of refill in a Sentence


He refilled his glass from the nearby pitcher. The reservoir will refill once it begins raining.

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Drastik and Wouter Alaerts, our guides for the week, handled everything, adjusting bikes and brakes, recharging our lights and our Garmins, refilling our water bottles, helping with lunch choices, chilling beer in the cooler for the end of the ride. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Guided bike trip through hills of Tuscany offers unforgettable vistas and lessons," 10 July 2018 Front waiters serve food and refill water glasses; back waiters clear plates and crumbs; runners run food from the kitchen up to the dining room. James Estrin, New York Times, "Discovering the Art of Craft," 19 June 2018 Thankfully, Best of Beauty winner Supergoop knows this, and is running its Friends and Family sale for anyone who needs to refill — or just stock up — for the months ahead. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Supergoop Is Having a Major Friends and Family Sale on All Its Products," 27 Sep. 2018 To refill the prescription, doctors would need to first determine whether the minor had a mental-health or substance-abuse disorder, and discuss the risks with a parent or guardian. Sarah Gantz,, "Prescription opioid distribution drops in Pa., N.J.," 19 June 2018 Fast charging is a standard feature on high-end smartphones, mitigating the slow progress of battery technology by allowing them to be refilled more quickly. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Oppo’s Super VOOC is the fastest fast charging we’ve ever seen," 10 Oct. 2018 Public works officials say those cuts, even when they are refilled, cause pavement to degrade at a faster rate, forcing the city to make additional repairs. David Zahniser,, "Garcetti wants to fix some of L.A.'s worst roads. But repairs could hinge on a big fee hike," 9 June 2018 It can be refilled for as long as smelling like a garden in the south of France sounds good. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Mugler’s New Perfume Was Inspired by Gardens and Monks," 8 June 2018 The pumps are expensive, but last on average four to five years, and need to be refilled with medication in a doctor's office only every three months. Brie Zeltner,, "Off opioids, chronic pain sufferers find new ways to cope," 22 Apr. 2018

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Wedding countdown: The final blend takes a minimum of three months. Price tag: $35,000 for 1 liter of fragrance in a crystal carafe, an engraved flacon, six refill flacons, and two travel sprays. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 Most of its cartridge refills come in tobacco or menthol flavors. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Altria Will Pull Its E-Cigarette Pods From the Market," 25 Oct. 2018 Theft, Golden Gate Plaza: An unknown man and woman are suspected of stealing 26 fragrance refills and 12 jars of candles from Bath and Body Works Feb. 21. Andy Attina /,, "Man urinates on resident's property, says he couldn't make it home: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 8 Mar. 2018 This means new rules both for providing flood buffers and for ensuring enough refill during dry periods. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A warmer world means a greater risk rain lands on snow, triggering floods," 12 Aug. 2018 The staff denied the refills, notified the Drug Enforcement Administration, and then determined Curran was the person who had allegedly forged the prescriptions, according to prosecutors. Danny Mcdonald,, "Former secretary at Brighton hospital charged in prescription scheme," 23 May 2018 And speaking of animals, this product is cruelty-free and has an eco-friendly refill option with the roll-on version to minimize packaging waste. Cheryl Kramer Kaye, Redbook, "The Secret to Staying Dry in Brutal Summer Heat," 22 July 2010 Battery life on these is just 3.5 hours, but the carrying case holds enough juice for 16 hours worth of refills. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Audio Technica announces its first-ever true wireless earbuds," 29 Aug. 2018 The student opts for pills, and leaves Patchen’s office with a one-month supply with a standing order for refills through the school clinic. Selena Simmons-duffin, Washington Post, "‘Where The Need Is:’ Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of refill


1615, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of refill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fill (something) again

: to be filled again



English Language Learners Definition of refill (Entry 2 of 2)

: a new supply of something


re·​fill | \ ˌrē-ˈfil \
refilled; refilling

Kids Definition of refill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fill or become filled again


re·​fill | \ ˈrē-ˌfil \

Kids Definition of refill (Entry 2 of 2)

: a new or fresh supply of something
re·​fill | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈfil \

Medical Definition of refill 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to fill (a prescription) a second or subsequent time


re·​fill | \ ˈrē-ˌfil \

Medical Definition of refill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a replacement in a cavity of removed liquid or other material or a substitution (as of gas) for such material pneumothorax refill
2 : a prescription compounded and dispensed for a second or subsequent time without an order from the physician

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