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 To support the decision the Navy estimated that the repairs would cost $79 million, about half the $170 million needed to refuel the Honolulu. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 After hitting the slopes, refuel at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler’s vintage camper. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 To replace gasoline with hydrogen fuel in long haul trucking not only requires green hydrogen at scale, but the infrastructure so the trucks can refuel. Zoë Corbyn, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2021 Colombian businessman Alex Saab, 49, a Venezuelan envoy, was arrested in Cape Verde in June 2020 when his plane stopped in the African archipelago nation to refuel on the way to Iran. Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2021 Authorities arrested Saab in June 2020 when his plane stopped in Cape Verde to refuel, charging him on the spot. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 17 Oct. 2021 In June 2020, Saab was detained while traveling from Venezuela to Iran when his jet stopped to refuel in Cape Verde, an African island nation. Vasco Cotovio And Holly Yan, Cnn, And Marlon Sorto, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 And a vintage Christmas tree lot is the inspiration for a new space by the greenhouse where visitors can refuel with drinks and s'mores. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Oct. 2021 Alternatively, don’t miss our guides on the best Apple Watch chargers to refuel your Apple Watch or the best wireless earbuds to listen to your favorite tunes on the go. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 9 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of refuel

1811, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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7 Jan 2022

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“Refuel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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