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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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

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 Birds rely on these food sources most heavily during the colder months, so don't let the temperatures outside discourage you from refilling your feeders. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Birds Stay Warm in the Winter, In Case You Were Wondering," 1 Feb. 2019 Once finished, users schedule a pickup for empty containers to be cleaned and refilled. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "The World’s Biggest Brands Want You to Refill Your Orange Juice and Deodorant," 24 Jan. 2019 Last year, Alaska replaced its onboard beer bottles with lighter aluminum cans, and switched its policy on plastic cups: flight attendants began refilling cups, rather than swapping them out for new ones during each round of beverage service. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alaska Airlines Ditches Plastic Straws on All Flights," 21 May 2018 The fire occurred in an area of Maple Valley without hydrants, so a series of fire engines with high water capacity pumped water from their tanks into the main engine battling the flames, refilling at the closest hydrant. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Maple Valley home destroyed in early-morning fire," 21 Oct. 2018 This cool mist ultrasonic humidifier is designed to operate for a full day without having to refill the ¾ gallon tank. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Humidifiers to Buy This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 Little bottles are never refilled and rarely recycled. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Beginning of the End for Those Tiny Shampoo Bottles," 1 May 2018 The reservoir of generally accepted conservative policy prescriptions must be refilled if the GOP is to make progress in the next election. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Shut Down, Reopen—Then What?," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To maintain the full-lashed effect in the long term, refills are a great way to extend the life of your lashes and are recommended every 2 to 3 weeks. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Every Question You've Ever Had About Lash Extensions Answered," 4 Feb. 2019 Leaving a little water inside keeps the refill from freezing. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years," 1 Feb. 2019 Well, that, and the busser whose water-glass aim was rather inaccurate — not that dribbling water on the table, which occurred with every refill, bothered him much. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 The deodorant comes in three scents: Chilled and Breezy, Cool and Zesty, and Fresh and Floral, $8 (roll-on refill $3) available at Cheryl Kramer Kaye, Redbook, "The Secret to Staying Dry in Brutal Summer Heat," 22 July 2010 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

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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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