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fulfill

verb
variants: or fulfil

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1 to do what is required by the terms of
  • the football player must remain with the team one more year to fulfill his contract

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2 to carry through (as a process) to completion
  • you have fulfilled your duties most admirably

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How does the verb fulfill contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of fulfill are accomplish, achieve, discharge, effect, execute, and perform. While all these words mean "to carry out or into effect," fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities.

fulfilled their ambitions

Where would accomplish be a reasonable alternative to fulfill?

While the synonyms accomplish and fulfill are close in meaning, accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out.

accomplished everything they set out to do

How do achieve and accomplish relate to one another, in the sense of fulfill?

Achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties.

achieve greatness

When could discharge be used to replace fulfill?

While in some cases nearly identical to fulfill, discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks.

discharged his duties

How are the words effect and achieve related as synonyms of fulfill?

Effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles.

effected sweeping reforms

When would execute be a good substitute for fulfill?

The meanings of execute and fulfill largely overlap; however, execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent.

executed the hit-and-run

When might perform be a better fit than fulfill?

In some situations, the words perform and fulfill are roughly equivalent. However, perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill.

performed gymnastics

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The first known use of fulfill was before the 12th century

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“Fulfill.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fulfill. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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