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 Germany’s powerful industrial lobby, the Federation of German Industry, said that companies were already switching to coal, making more natural gas available to refill storage tanks for the winter, but that the transition would take time. New York Times, 16 June 2022 From there, spread out the roots in the hole, refill soil around the tree, and tamp down. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 May 2022 The real challenge is the development of massive desalination capacity to refill reservoirs and aquifers, combined with new infrastructure to capture and transport torrential rainfall. WSJ, 3 May 2022 To pull off their scams, counterfeiters typically refill expensive spirits’ bottles with cheap booze, then reseal them and sell them to unsuspecting buyers, often for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2022 Always refill through the reservoir, which is not under pressure. Gary Witzenburg, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2022 The going gets demonstrably steeper beyond the Desert Laboratory site where hikers can refill water bottles, take a break on benches placed at scenic overlooks or use the portable restrooms. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 After about a third of the route, the water truck, escorted by Toler, veers off to refill, which takes about five minutes at a fire hydrant. al, 28 Feb. 2022 Water fountains will remain off, although bottle fillers will be operational, and students are encouraged to bring water bottles from home to refill as needed, officials added. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And there are hydration refill stations scattered throughout the course. Jayna Bardahl,, 15 June 2022 The device has often not charged while plugged in, forcing me to detach and reattach it multiple times to get a refill going. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 30 Apr. 2022 For example, beauty brands can utilize consumer data to introduce product refill stations in areas with higher populations of environmentally friendly consumers, such as major metropolitan storefronts. Ted Levine, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Called zero-waste or refill stores, these shops specialize in products such as nontoxic glass cleaner and foaming organic hand soap that customers can pour into their own repurposed vessels. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Jan. 2022 Water refill stations will be present throughout the backstage and catering areas and on tour buses. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 6 May 2022 Private equity billionaire Tom Lee wanders up to the bar for a refill. Chase Peterson-withorn, Forbes, 5 May 2022 For his 2019 world tour, Mendes teamed up with Reverb on sustainable initiatives like water refill stations, which eliminated over 1 million single-use plastic water bottles that would otherwise be left in landfills. Nina Braca, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 Many have water refill stations intended for those huge five-gallon drums, but which also work with any small container. Outside Online, 8 July 2021 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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