- 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 fulfilling
Christie has a lot riding on fulfilling his promise of shepherding Atlantic City into a third boom era.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
“Instead of me fulfilling my prophecy,” he said, “I have to start one,” and that was a lot of pressure.Broadway Was Made for Tupac
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marcyliena Morgan
July 7, 2014
When I attended Hunter, I was Eleanor Roeloffs fulfilling the language and math courses required at the time.A College Degree Worth the Wait
June 1, 2014
I kept holding out hope that he would say, ‘You know, this is pretty swell here and the work is fulfilling.’‘The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski on Life After Will Gardner’s Death
April 21, 2014
Another film had Albert fulfilling a lifelong dream—performing heart surgery.The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career
April 13, 2014
It shall be my pleasure to do my best in fulfilling your commands.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Were our duty always pleasant to us, where would be the merit in fulfilling it?The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Spend the time you have spent in sighing for fruits in fulfilling the conditions of their growth.
He can get them to grow by arranging all the circumstances and fulfilling all the conditions.
I therefore thought it my duty to lose no time in fulfilling my errand.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 fulfilling
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.
see fulfill. Related: fulfilment.