- 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
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Examples from the Web for fulfil
Heaven knows how anxiously I sought to fulfil that solemn vow!Night and Morning, Complete
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
She did not seem at all to fulfil the promise of her childhood.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- 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 ofhe fulfilled his prison sentence
- fulfil oneself to achieve one's potential or desires
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.