refill

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verb

re·​fill (ˌ)rē-ˈfil How to pronounce refill (audio)
refilled; refilling; refills

transitive verb

: to fill again : replenish

intransitive verb

: to become filled again
refillable adjective

refill

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noun

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

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
Park officials will restock the lake with fish after it is refilled. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2024 Utilize available technologies to manage things like online banking, ordering groceries, setting medication reminders and getting prescriptions refilled. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2024 All the little things necessary to keep a household running fall on me, like play dates, haircuts, vet appointments, finances, calling service people, refilling paper towels. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2024 The bag packaging cuts down on plastic and makes refilling existing containers a breeze. Ella Field, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Mar. 2024 The state hospital discharged Jack with just 30 days of medication, giving her a month’s time to find a primary care doctor and psychiatrist in a new community and get her long list of prescriptions refilled. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2024 Both the Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter and Argan Oil + Sugar Balm Body Scrub come in three new clean fragrances, housed in stunning amber glass jars that can be refilled forever and are infinitely recyclable. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 And in theory, refilling your tank from a hydrogen pump takes less than 5 minutes. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Feb. 2024 The crawfish then retreat into the earth to lay their eggs and emerge in the late fall as the ponds are refilled. Rick Rojas Emily Kask, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024
Noun
On our last trip, my family and I got multiple refills for the price of one pretzel with cheese dip. 3. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 Pros: Adjusting the dosage can help extend the supply of medication, reducing the frequency of refills and overall costs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Even at a subsidized rate of roughly $7, a refill costs more than what Kusma’s family, which includes four kids, can afford. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Mar. 2024 The full cleaning kit includes the spray mop, one multipurpose cleaning solution, two mopping pad refills, and two AA batteries to start you off. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 The Remix officially hits Sephora shelves today, featuring the new re-use and refill system that was in works for three years. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Then, to Wray’s surprise, his friend came back asking for a refill. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 28 Feb. 2024 The fragrance is available in 30-, 50- and 100-milliliter refillable bottles; refills; and travel-sized pen sprays. Ayesha Rajan, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024 Bottle feeders tend to hold more nectar and thus require fewer refills. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of refill was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Refill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refill. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

refill

1 of 2 verb
re·​fill (ˈ)rē-ˈfil How to pronounce refill (audio)
: to fill or become filled again
refillable adjective

refill

2 of 2 noun
re·​fill ˈrē-ˌfil How to pronounce refill (audio)
: a new or fresh supply of something
a refill for a ball-point pen

Medical Definition

refill

1 of 2 transitive verb
re·​fill (ˈ)rē-ˈfil How to pronounce refill (audio)
: to fill (a prescription) a second or subsequent time

refill

2 of 2 noun
re·​fill ˈrē-ˌfil How to pronounce refill (audio)
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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