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[verb ree-fil; noun ree-fil] /verb riˈfɪl; noun ˈriˌfɪl/
verb (used with or without object)
to fill again.
a material, supply, or the like, to replace something that has been used up:
a refill for a prescription.
Origin of refill
First recorded in 1680-90; re- + fill
Related forms
refillable, adjective, noun
nonrefillable, adjective
unrefilled, adjective Unabridged
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  • But the water in our butts had gone rancid and we put in at this island to refill.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Gloria rose unobtrusively and took the teapot to the kitchen for a refill.

    The Doorway Evelyn E. Smith
  • Granice, with a throbbing heart, watched Denver refill his pipe.

  • Brook shook his head and began to refill his refractory pipe.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

    F. Marion Crawford
  • Merrihew solemnly spun his wine-glass, but made no effort to refill it.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • His pipe was out, but he could not take his hands from the wheel to refill it.

    Wind Charles Louis Fontenay
British Dictionary definitions for refill


verb (riːˈfɪl)
to fill (something) again
noun (ˈriːfɪl)
a replacement for a consumable substance in a permanent container
a second or subsequent filling: a refill at the petrol station
(informal) another drink to replace one already drunk
Derived Forms
refillable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for refill

1680s, from re- "back, again" + fill (v.). Related: Refilled; refilling.


1884, from refill (v.). Meaning "a second drink" is from 1929.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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