\ ˈfil How to pronounce fill (audio) \
filled; filling; fills

Definition of fill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put into as much as can be held or conveniently contained fill a cup with water
b : to supply with a full complement the class is filled
c(1) : to cause to swell or billow wind filled the sails
(2) : to trim (a sail) to catch the wind
d : to raise the level of with fill filled land
e : to repair the cavities of (teeth)
f : to stop up : obstruct wreckage filled the channel
g : to stop up the interstices, crevices, or pores of (a material, such as cloth, wood, or leather) with a foreign substance
2a : feed, satiate fill livestock
b : satisfy, fulfill fills all requirements
c : make out, complete used with out or in fill out a formfill in the blanks
d : to draw the playing cards necessary to complete fill a straight or flush in poker
3a : to occupy the whole of smoke filled the room
b : to spread through music filled the air
c : to make full a mind filled with fantasies
4a : to possess and perform the duties of : hold fill an office
b : to place a person in fill a vacancy
5 : to supply as directed fill a prescription
6 : to cover the surface of with a layer of precious metal a gold-filled bracelet

intransitive verb

: to become full the rivers filled
fill one's shoes
: to take over one's job, position, or responsibilities No one will be able to fill his shoes after he retires.



Definition of fill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a full supply especially : a quantity that satisfies or satiates eat your fill
2 : something that fills: such as
a : material used to fill a receptacle, cavity, passage, or low place
b : a bit of instrumental music that fills the pauses between phrases (as of a vocalist or soloist)
c : artificial light used in photography to reduce or eliminate shadows often used attributively fill flash

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fill

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fill in a Sentence

Verb May I fill your glass for you? She filled her house with antiques. His massive body filled the doorway. He has enough books to fill a library. Two hundred people filled the room. fill a sheet of paper with writing a vase filled with flowers stadiums filled with cheering fans The rivers have filled and are close to flooding. The stadium filled more than an hour before the game. Noun They delivered a truckload of fill for the trench. we ripped the tag off years ago, so we have no idea what the fill in that pillow is
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to a ManpowerGroup survey, talent shortages in the U.S. have more than tripled in the last ten years, with 69% of employers struggling to fill positions, up from just 14% in 2010. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 And even those with the money to hire have struggled to fill positions because of stiff competition for workers. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021 Best Buy is holding a virtual job fair this week to fill more than 5,000 positions across its stores, with a starting wage of $15 an hour, plus product discounts and savings on insurance plans. NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021 As the economy recovers from the pandemic, sectors like manufacturing, hospitality, and construction are desperately struggling to fill open roles. Michael Hayden, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2021 Both companies want to fill the positions by the end of the year. David Lyons,, 20 Sep. 2021 Rios added that the impact on staffing will be minimal as the health care system was already working to fill those positions. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 Biden also has a chance to fill the positions of vice chair, vice chair for supervision, and a vacant board seat., 20 Sep. 2021 Kohl’s, which is looking to fill nearly 1,800 open jobs in the Chicago area, is also dangling bonuses of $100 to $400 for employees who work through the holiday season. Lauren Zumbach,, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Square is a potential fill-in for Goldman on Sunday as he could be elevated from the practice squad. Brad Biggs,, 9 Sep. 2021 Cashman appeared poised to be a major contributor last season as a fill-in for C.J. Mosley, who opted out because of the coronavirus pandemic, but injured his groin. Dennis Waszak Jr.,, 14 Aug. 2021 Maynard was contracted as a fill-in for faculty members on leave. CBS News, 11 Aug. 2021 Báez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives New York an immediate fill-in for Lindor. Mike Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Joining them on the ultimate joyride was the company’s first paying customer, Oliver Daemen, a last-minute fill-in for the mystery winner of a $28 million auction who opted for a later flight. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 20 July 2021 At the end of the game, the All-Star fill-in was named the game’s most valuable player. Tom Moor, The Indianapolis Star, 11 July 2021 Payne proved a solid fill-in for Chris Paul during the first two games of the series, highlighted by 29 points and nine assists in Game 2. Beth Harris, ajc, 26 June 2021 Wade, who has been a valuable asset as a fill-in at first base and throughout the outfield, is having a breakout season — hitting .265 with a .344 on-base percentage and .470 slugging percentage in 26 games. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of fill


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fill

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English fyllan; akin to Old English full full

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Time Traveler for fill

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

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25 Sep 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of fill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (something) full
: to become full
: to spread all through (an area, the air, etc.)



English Language Learners Definition of fill (Entry 2 of 2)

: a full amount : all that someone wants or needs
: material that is used to fill something


\ ˈfil How to pronounce fill (audio) \
filled; filling

Kids Definition of fill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or become full Please fill the tank. The pail filled slowly.
2 : to use up all the space or time in Meetings filled his schedule. Cars filled the street.
3 : to spread through Laughter filled the room.
4 : to stop up : plug The dentist filled a tooth.
5 : to do the duties of Who fills the office of class president?
6 : to hire a person for We have filled the position.
7 : to supply according to directions I need to fill a prescription.
8 : to succeed in meeting or satisfying You fill all requirements.
fill in
1 : to insert information Fill in the blanks.
2 : to provide information Fill me in on what's happening.
3 : to take another's place Can you fill in while I'm away?
fill out
1 : to increase in size and fullness The smaller plants are filling out.
2 : to complete by providing information Please fill out a form.



Kids Definition of fill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : all that is wanted I ate my fill.
2 : material for filling something


transitive verb
\ ˈfil How to pronounce fill (audio) \

Medical Definition of fill

1 : to repair the cavities of (teeth)
2 : to supply as directed fill a prescription

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