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

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Other Words from refill


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

Examples of refill in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The woman had gone to refill a drink at the Subway inside the store on University Avenue when two men swiped her keys from atop her walker and left the store, the complaint said. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Men swiped keys from St. Paul woman’s walker at Walmart then stole her car and burglarized her apartment, charges say," 8 July 2019 Storage systems in cities have fallen into disuse; aquifers under farmland are depleted year by year faster than the monsoons can refill them. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 In this case, the EULA — spotted by Harvard Library curator and Twitter user John Overholt at a recent conference — forbids the people who have to refill this Tork dispenser from using rival, non-Tork products. James Vincent, The Verge, "A paper towel dispenser with an end-user license agreement is a special kind of hell," 20 June 2019 But the original hole didn't last, and the divot on the moon partially refilled with molten rock. National Geographic, "Huge mystery blob found under the moon's far side," 11 June 2019 The glasses were quietly refilled throughout the meal. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 The sides narrowed their differences but couldn't reach agreement in the rush to go on recess, but everyone agrees that another bill will be needed almost immediately to refill nearly empty agency accounts to care for migrants. Andrew Taylor,, "Congress finally sends long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to Trump," 3 June 2019 Surgeons are trained in virtual reality on how to implant the device that contains the drug and also how to refill the device. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Genentech Uses Virtual Reality to Train Eye Surgeons," 6 Feb. 2019 For parents of children with food allergies, refilling EpiPen prescriptions, which are typically for sets of two in case the first injection doesn’t work, has become part of the annual back-to-school ritual. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "EpiPen Shortage Hits Back-to-School Season," 25 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Smith-Holt, Nystrom and other diabetics led the charge for a proposal that would have created an emergency supply of insulin for those who cannot afford a refill. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Diabetics from Minnesota make trek to Canada in search of affordable insulin," 7 July 2019 Paz Cantina Doors open at 7 a.m., featuring the game on a video wall as well as specials on tequila sunrises and mimosa refills. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Where to go in Phoenix to watch the Women's World Cup final," 5 July 2019 Our friendly server Hailley was quick with coffee and tea refills. Marc Bona,, "Lakeshore Eatery: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 29 June 2019 Shipman recommends cleaning feeders and baths at least once a week, or between seed refills or water changes. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Contagious house finch eye disease reported in Walnut Creek area," 17 June 2019 But the constant evaporation and refill would concentrate metals and other chemicals. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 With the help of a local church, staff refill the lockers every week with new backpacks full of supplies. Liz Bowie,, "How a nonprofit turned Baltimore County school storage rooms into a free general store for students in need," 11 June 2019 Wartime rationing brought on measures like no extra toilet paper in the bathrooms, smaller napkins, no more free coffee refills, and Meatless Mondays. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Plaza's 10 Juiciest Secrets Revealed," 7 June 2019 Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle in an effort to save more than 6,000 plastic water bottles at a water station for refills throughout the day. Austen Erblat,, "Father’s Day car show benefiting Make-A-Wish will have something for everyone," 4 June 2019

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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 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
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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