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fulfill

or ful·fil

[foo l-fil]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
  2. to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands.
  3. to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.): a book that fulfills a long-felt need.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 formsful·fill·er, nouno·ver·ful·fill, verb (used with object)pre·ful·fill, verb (used with object)su·per·ful·fill, verb (used with object)

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1. accomplish, achieve, complete, realize. 2. execute, discharge, observe. 3. meet, answer, fill, comply with. 4. end, terminate, conclude.
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Examples from the Web for fulfill

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  • These hopes that we have helped to inspire, we can help to fulfill.

  • I shall not be able to fulfill my engagements for to-night, so it really does not matter.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • She was probably bold enough and hardy enough to fulfill her mission.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • And then Keziah began to fulfill her agreement with Dr. Parker.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • To promise, however, is one thing, to fulfill the obligation another.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


Word Origin and History for fulfill

v.

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