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.

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Gas already became a premium with people filling up their cars and containers to refill generators — GasBuddy said 40 percent of Central Florida stations were without fuel. Richard Tribou,, "New Hurricane Dorian path keeps center off Florida coast, but state still in the cone," 30 Aug. 2019 In the first episode, Beth Ann’s chauvinist husband (Sam Jaeger) condescendingly taps his mug to indicate his wife should immediately jump to refill his coffee. Rachel Yang,, "5 reasons we're excited for Lucy Liu's Why Women Kill," 13 Aug. 2019 Grab this insulated, BPA-free bottle for your child to refill between math and science or carry to the gym with a convenient, easy-to-carry loop handle! Niki Mcgloster, Essence, "Routine Ready: 7 Back-To-School Accessories Your Kids Need," 13 Aug. 2019 Larger bottles are also much easier for cleaners to refill than smaller ones, which are more likely to be thrown away after their first use. C.r., The Economist, "The owner of Holiday Inn becomes the first hotel group to axe plastic bathroom miniatures," 30 July 2019 Before Venezuela's economic collapse, just about everyone in Tariba used to cook using gas canisters refilled by a state company at a regulated price. Stefano Pozzebon And Anggy Polanco, CNN, "Venezuelan teen blinded after 52 rubber pellets to the face," 17 July 2019 Waste management company Terracycle will sterilize and refill the containers before shipping them out again. Sarah Min, CBS News, "The company refilling your household goods is expanding to more states," 10 July 2019 The jumpers dig trenches, cut trees, and empty and refill the bladders without stopping. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019 What is often used as a catch-all term for unregulated booze is actually a fraudulent imitation of a legitimate product through tampering or refilling it with toxic forms of alcohol such as methanol (wood-distilled) or ethanol (grain-distilled). Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Costa Rica: 25 dead from drinking tainted alcohol, 59 affected: What you need to know," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As the announcement of an excessive heat advisory swept across the Chicago area last Wednesday, festival organizers increased the amount of water refill stations, cooling buses and onsite medical staff. Jessi Roti,, "Only one hospital transport, no arrests during rainy and steamy Pitchfork weekend," 24 July 2019 No purchase is necessary, and refills are also free. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "How to score free McAlister's Deli tea, vote in Tea Town Showdown," 9 July 2019 In between races, when visitors are stocking up on food or heading for a refill of champagne, the Coldstream Guards brass band provides a fitting soundtrack. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot: A day in the life," 19 June 2019 Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and hand soap are purchased from Sustain L.A.’s refill station at the Altadena Farmers Market. Susan Spillman, Los Angeles Times, "Living without plastic: One family’s journey," 19 July 2019 Spectators are also allowed to bring their own reusable water bottles and organizers say there are more than 100 fountains and water refill stations on the grounds. David Williams, CNN, "Wimbledon is cutting back on plastic at this year's tournament," 1 July 2019 One-click ordering, same-day delivery, automatic toilet paper refills: There’s no pain point so small someone won’t pay to do away with it. Sam Dean,, "Walmart and Amazon want to see inside your house. Should you let them?," 21 June 2019 The park itself was sizable, allowing attendees to sample from dozens of food and liquor vendors, a water refill station and other festival staples without getting stuck in the overcrowding bottleneck. Mosi Reeves, Billboard, "Porter Robinson's Second Sky Festival Reflected His Boundary-Pushing Taste and Personal Evolution: Recap," 17 June 2019 Sustainable travel tip: Plastic Free Gold Coast organizes local beach clean-ups and promotes eco-friendly businesses like the plastic-free Ocean 4218 cafe and Water3, a network of high-tech water refill stations found all over the city. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead," 16 May 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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