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fulfil

[foo l-fil] /fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (used with object), fulfilled, fulfilling.
1.

fulfill

or fulfil

[foo l-fil] /fʊlˈfɪl/
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
1000
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)
Synonyms
1. accomplish, achieve, complete, realize. 2. execute, discharge, observe. 3. meet, answer, fill, comply with. 4. end, terminate, conclude.
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  • 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
  • He can get them to grow by arranging all the circumstances and fulfilling all the conditions.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • Spend the time you have spent in sighing for fruits in fulfilling the conditions of their growth.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • I therefore thought it my duty to lose no time in fulfilling my errand.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for fulfilling

fulfil

/fʊlˈfɪl/
verb (transitive) -fils (US) -fills, -filling, -filled
1.
to bring about the completion or achievement of (a desire, promise, etc)
2.
to carry out or execute (a request, etc)
3.
to conform with or satisfy (regulations, demands, etc)
4.
to finish or reach the end of: he fulfilled his prison sentence
5.
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 fulfilling

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.

fulfil

v.

see fulfill. Related: fulfilment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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