re·​fu·​el | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfyü(-ə)l How to pronounce refuel (audio) \
refueled; refueling; refuels

Definition of refuel

transitive verb

: to provide with additional fuel

intransitive verb

: to take on additional fuel

Examples of refuel in a Sentence

The crew refueled the airplane. The airplane landed to refuel.
Recent Examples on the Web Five years ago, robotic milkers changed the lives of many dairy farmers and their herds by letting cows choose to pull into a milking station the way cars pull off the interstate to refuel. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We Should Explain Why This Cow Is Wearing a VR Headset," 26 Nov. 2019 Many bars on busy streets like Avenida Paulista are open 24 hours a day during the race, and hotels prepare feasts at early hours so fans don’t need to refuel at the track. Washington Post, "Brazil’s major cities lock horns for F1 race after 2020," 14 Nov. 2019 The Navy’s new drone is the MQ-25 Stingray, which will be restricted to demurely refuelling jets with pilots. The Economist, "Aircraft-carriers are big, expensive, vulnerable—and popular," 14 Nov. 2019 In 2006, when Taiwan’s then-President Chen Shui-bian was flying east and needed to refuel, the United States forced him to do it in out-of-the-way Anchorage. Ralph Jennings,, "In a snub to China, the U.S. lets Taiwan’s president spend some time in New York," 11 July 2019 The plane, which her manager Randy Huges was piloting, took a pit stop in Dyersburg, Tennessee around 6 p.m. to refuel. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Patsy Cline Said "When It's My Time to Go, It's My Time to Go" Right Before She Was Killed in a Plane Crash," 19 Oct. 2019 Even the chicken shawarma that the Avengers refueled on after the exhausting Battle of New York is included. San Diego Union-Tribune, "You CAN try this at home: Cookbook serves up TV, movie foods," 15 Oct. 2019 This means the next Dublin flight requires less time to refuel. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Here's What Actually Happens on a Plane Between Flights," 3 Oct. 2019 But assuming an ability to refuel the spacecraft in space, on the moon or Mars, a Starship could return to Earth on its own with a powered landing, ready for refurbishment and reuse. William Harwood, CBS News, "Musk shows off next-generation "Starship" prototype," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of refuel

1811, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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1 Dec 2019

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“Refuel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of refuel

: to add fuel to (an airplane, a truck, etc.)


re·​fu·​el | \ ˌrē-ˈfyü-əl How to pronounce refuel (audio) \
refueled; refueling

Kids Definition of refuel

: to provide with or take on more fuel

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