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[ree-fyoo-uh l] /riˈfyu əl/
verb (used with object), refueled, refueling or (especially British) refuelled, refuelling.
to supply again with fuel:
to refuel an airplane.
verb (used without object), refueled, refueling or (especially British) refuelled, refuelling.
to take on a fresh supply of fuel:
The plane refueled at Paris and flew on.
Origin of refuel
First recorded in 1805-15; re- + fuel
Related forms
refuelable, adjective
nonrefueling, adjective
nonrefuelling, adjective
unrefueled, adjective Unabridged
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  • The only time anyone gets a record of them is when they come in to refuel or repair.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • They stopped at one port for a few hours to refuel, but there was little to see.

  • I want you to refuel, go back there and see what the trouble was.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • Perhaps, when you land there to refuel, someone will recognize you.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase
  • Almost immediately, special-trained crews swarmed into the ship to refuel her and prepare her for the next lap of the race.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
British Dictionary definitions for refuel


verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
to supply or be supplied with fresh fuel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for refuel

also re-fuel, 1811, from re- "again" + fuel (v.). Originally in a spiritual sense. Related: Refueled; refuelling.

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