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.

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Rather than play defense, launching interceptors from home soil and warships while the ICBMs head towards impact, these incredible drones could pre-emptively patrol enemy skies for more than a day without ever having to land or refuel. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "New laser-equipped drones will take out missile threats against the US," 7 Sep. 2018 Race day is a Sunday, and there are plenty of brunch spots near the course for runners and their fans to refuel. Bethany Ao,, "5 Philly events you can't miss this May," 1 May 2018 Mexico City’s central market supplied 3.5 tons of bananas and guavas to refuel the crowd, plus 600 bottles of water. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Aid arrives for migrants at Mexico City stadium as US votes," 6 Nov. 2018 For example, using lunar propellant to refuel rockets would lower the cost of going to the Moon from Earth by a factor of three, according to Sowers. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why mining the water on the Moon could open up space exploration," 23 Aug. 2018 Photo: ho/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The Cole bombing took place Oct. 12, 2000, while the ship was refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "U.S. Kills al Qaeda Figure Accused of Leading 2000 Attack on USS Cole," 6 Jan. 2019 The Navy then changed tack in a bid to speed development and keep costs down, focusing on the drones’ use for refuelling. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Boeing Wins Big Navy Contract for Drones," 30 Aug. 2018 Deprived of the ability to refuel in midair, targets deep behind enemy lines would become off-limits and fighters would patrol at shorter ranges. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How China's New Missile Concept Could Cripple American Air Power," 23 Oct. 2018 Your body, after using up its available energy, needs to be refueled, specifically with carbs and protein, for energy and to repair the microdamage that exercise does to your muscles. Amy Marturana, SELF, "This Is What Happens When You Don’t Eat Enough After Working Out," 2 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce refuel (audio) \
refueled; refueling

Kids Definition of refuel

: to provide with or take on more fuel

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