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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Much of it is considered critical habitat for birds to refuel during their migrations. Washington Post, "Conservationists say this move will hurt wildlife and their environment," 13 Sep. 2019 The Taliban delegation also agrees as part of this treaty to stay at Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland while refueling on the way home from Camp David. Dana Milbank,, "Column: Trump’s Taliban plans leave us wondering: What else is unbeknownst to us?," 11 Sep. 2019 On Friday, Politico reported on a previously undisclosed Air Force stay at Trump Turnberry after crewmembers refueled at a small, nearby airport. Allan Smith, NBC News, "'NOTHING TO DO WITH ME': Trump distances himself from business controversies as scrutiny grows," 9 Sep. 2019 That way, rockets could meet up with these depots and refuel to travel farther distances. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA to help SpaceX, Blue Origin, and more develop technologies for Moon and Mars travel," 30 July 2019 The House committee launched its inquiry earlier this year after learning that a US Air Force C-17 crew en route to Kuwait from Alaska had been ordered to land at Prestwick to refuel. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "US military spent $17.2 million at Scottish airport near Trump resort," 9 Sep. 2019 The jet plane had just been refueled with 480 pounds of fuel, Deal said. Jake Hutchison, The Mercury News, "10 people survive plane crash at Northern California airport; wildfire ignited in brush," 22 Aug. 2019 The California cool girls, clad in ab-revealing spandex, followed up their sculpting session by refueling with smoothies and two takes on an effortless beauty strategy. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber Have a Twinning Hair Moment Post-Pilates," 19 Aug. 2019 Foster is an Air Force Pilot who flew 200 missions over Iraq and Afghanistan refueling planes. Scott Wartman,, "Cincinnati congressional candidate Nikki Foster: Hold impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump," 8 July 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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