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[foo l-fil] /fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (used with object), fulfilled, fulfilling.


or fulfil

[foo l-fil] /fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (used with object)
to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands.
to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.):
a book that fulfills a long-felt need.
to bring to an end; finish or complete, as a period of time:
He felt that life was over when one had fulfilled his threescore years and ten.
to develop the full potential of (usually used reflexively):
She realized that she could never fulfill herself in such work.
Origin of fulfill
before 1000; Middle English fulfillen, Old English fulfyllan. See full1, fill
Related forms
fulfiller, noun
overfulfill, verb (used with object)
prefulfill, verb (used with object)
superfulfill, verb (used with object)
1. accomplish, achieve, complete, realize. 2. execute, discharge, observe. 3. meet, answer, fill, comply with. 4. end, terminate, conclude. Unabridged
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  • Heaven knows how anxiously I sought to fulfil that solemn vow!

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • A bargain's a bargain, and, having made the bargain, of course it is your own look-out that you fulfil it.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Some day you will have to fulfil your promise of taking me over the works.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • You have not applied to me yet to fulfil my offer, which I think was a very fair one.'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • She did not seem at all to fulfil the promise of her childhood.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.

  • Perhaps there are some hearts that can fulfil themselves sufficiently in friendship.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • I am going to fulfil my promise at last, and take you to see Patty!

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for fulfil


verb (transitive) -fils (US) -fills, -filling, -filled
to bring about the completion or achievement of (a desire, promise, etc)
to carry out or execute (a request, etc)
to conform with or satisfy (regulations, demands, etc)
to finish or reach the end of: he fulfilled his prison sentence
fulfil oneself, to achieve one's potential or desires
Derived Forms
fulfiller, noun
fulfilment, (US) fulfillment, noun
Word Origin
Old English fulfyllan
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Word Origin and History for fulfil

see fulfill. Related: fulfilment.



Old English fullfyllan "fill up, make full," from full + fyllan (see fill, which is ultimately from the root of full). Used early of prophecy and perhaps a translation of Latin implere, adimplere. Related: Fulfilled; fulfilling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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