re·​fill | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfil How to pronounce refill (audio) \
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 How to pronounce refill (audio) \

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

Other Words from refill


refillable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈfi-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce refill (audio) \ adjective

Examples of refill in a Sentence

Verb He refilled his glass from the nearby pitcher. The reservoir will refill once it begins raining.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Units relied on tanker trucks for water and had to shuttle to refill their tanks., 27 July 2022 Yet, in spite of the heat wave, policymakers are still aiming to use as little natural gas now as possible, in order to refill storage tanks in preparation for winter. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 18 July 2022 To allow the aquifer to refill, wells are being shut down and more will have to be taken out of production. Jim Robbins, Wired, 25 June 2022 Previous work attempted to conditionally refill the RSB with harmless return targets whenever a perCPU counter that tracks the call stack depth reaches a certain threshold, but it was never approved for upstream. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 And to refill your product empties, take advantage of price drops on beloved skin and body care from coveted brands like Crest and Peter Thomas Roth, plus 30 percent off on a long-wearing and summer-ready foundation from YSL Beauty. Tiffany Dodson And Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 July 2022 Sometimes the companies behind such operations are legitimate water suppliers by day, authorized to tap into the hydrants for water to bring to construction sites, for dust control or to refill handwashing stations. Andrea Changstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 Each park hosted vendors, live music and performances, bicycle repair stations, food carts and spots to refill water. oregonlive, 26 June 2022 Military and intelligence officials said Russia had continued to suffer severe losses and was struggling to recruit soldiers to refill its ranks. New York Times, 21 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The laundry-supplies-in-fanciful-apothecary-jars look that was popularized on Pinterest has seen a leveling-up on TikTok, where refill videos are popular for their ASMR and visually pleasing elements. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2022 The Body Shop refill program in London and Vancouver is helping reduce waste. Jen Bailin, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Nurses should be able to offer telehealth, schedule appointments and arrange rides for callers who may only require a prescription refill or doctor visit. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2022 This year, several products — including the famed Creme de Crops — are now also available in generous refill pouches. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 15 July 2022 The refill system began in small stores, but larger supermarkets are following in step. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 July 2022 Not all fire extinguishers are eligible for a refill or a recharge; only fire extinguishers that are of the rechargeable type can be refilled. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 24 June 2022 Many have focused instead on making sure their packaging is recyclable or rolling out niche refill programs allowing customers to bring their own containers to fill up on products such as pasta or shampoo. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Plus, the convenient refill ensures that your regular pump bottle never runs on empty. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for refill


re·​fill | \ ˌrē-ˈfil How to pronounce refill (audio) \
refilled; refilling

Kids Definition of refill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fill or become filled again


re·​fill | \ ˈrē-ˌfil How to pronounce refill (audio) \

Kids Definition of refill (Entry 2 of 2)

: a new or fresh supply of something


transitive verb
re·​fill | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈfil How to pronounce refill (audio) \

Medical Definition of refill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


re·​fill | \ ˈrē-ˌfil How to pronounce refill (audio) \

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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