re·fu·el | \(ˌ)rē-ˈfyü(-ə)l \
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.

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Sampling a wide range of sweet and smokey barbecue to refuel after a big day of running, climbing, or paddling. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our Editors' Favorite Trips," 1 July 2018 Top pit crews typically change four tires and refuel their cars in about 11 seconds. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR's new pit crew rules will test teams' speed, athleticism, safety protocols," 1 Feb. 2018 Their charter flight had to stop to refuel on Colorado Springs, and a storm nearby had the plane circling the airport for 20 minutes. Brody Miller,, "'It was flat out cold': LSU baseball takes in Corvallis Regional," 1 June 2018 Flying to western Europe would require a stop or two to refuel. Annabelle Liang, The Christian Science Monitor, "Singapore seen as natural choice for US-North Korea summit," 11 May 2018 Originally envisioned as a surveillance and strike-capable drone, the MQ-25 saw its requirements restructured in 2016 to make refueling the top priority. Samantha Masunaga,, "Competition to build the Navy's MQ-25 flying tanker shows how drone fighters are taking on new roles," 25 Apr. 2018 Khan’s 1984 version, which included a groundbreaking rap vocal by Grandmaster Melle Mel that presaged the hybrid rap-R&B wave of the 2000s, became a hit and refueled her career. Greg Kot,, "Chaka Khan still pointing ahead despite decades of hits," 12 July 2018 The new link with Perth — a 14,498-kilometer (9,009-mile) journey — is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopovers in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. Fox News, "First direct flight from Australia to London touches down," 25 Mar. 2018 Explore five floors of new and classic exhibits, enjoy a cash-bar, and refuel with free food samples from local restaurants. Indianapolis Star, "Attend Museum by Moonlight," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of refuel

1811, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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 \
refueled; refueling

Kids Definition of refuel

: to provide with or take on more fuel

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evasion of direct action or statement

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