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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OnePlus says the new Warp Charge 30 charger can refuel the McLaren 6T’s 3700mAh battery up to 50 percent faster than the Fast Charge (formerly Dash Charge) system on other OnePlus phones. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The most expensive OnePlus phone ever," 11 Dec. 2018 Millie hit the dance floor hard in her bare feet, and to refuel, Sadie and Millie snuggled up with a burger and fries and posed for the camera. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown and Sadie Sink Were Homecoming Outfit Goals at a Pre-Emmy's Party," 17 Sep. 2018 Earlier this month, the administration added more pressure by ending its practice of refueling Saudi-coalition aircraft involved in the conflict. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, charity reports," 21 Nov. 2018 The following month, President Trump’s plane stopped into Souda Bay to refuel en route to the talks in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Eyes Military Expansion in Greece Amid Strains With Turkey," 11 Sep. 2018 For canines and owners who want to refuel after a grueling day on the job, Tuna Bar will have options for two- and four-legged Philadelphians to celebrate the occasion. Katherine Nails,, "Philly unleashed: 8 ways the city's canines spent Take Your Dog to Work Day," 22 June 2018 The indoor park includes trampolines, a foam pit, a kids’ play area and an arcade, plus a cafe to refuel after hours of bouncing. Kit Waskom Pollard,, "Delaware beaches: 21 places to take the kids, from Lewes to Fenwick," 8 May 2018 Sandwich and a Steinway Instead of sitting in your car for an hour during lunchtime, refuel while listening to live music. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shop local at Tosa Pop-Up Shop May 5," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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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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