[ fool-fil ]

verb (used with object)

, ful·filled, ful·fil·ling.
  1. Chiefly British. a variant of fulfill.


/ fʊlˈfɪl /


  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

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Derived Forms

  • fulˈfilment, noun
  • fulˈfiller, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fulfil1

Old English fulfyllan

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Example Sentences

Instead of fulfilling our shared mission to protect our communities, they would rather play politics with the law by enacting so-called Sanctuary City policies to the detriment of our country’s safety.

A world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning, inspired, feel safe wherever they are and end the day fulfilled by the work that they do.

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Despite various constraints, some “choose” to stay and fulfil the marriage as a survival strategy.

Foraging, fishing, trapping, and hunting can be fulfilling activities, and give you a full belly if you’re lucky.

The fearsome trio of Embiid, Simmons and Butler ended without them playing a full season together, let alone fulfilling the championship potential Brand had envisioned just six months prior.

De Blasio, meanwhile, is looking to fulfil his campaign promise.

Each has their individual mission, and each one seeks to fulfil it on a micro level.

Keen and canny, they drive a close bargain but, scrupulous and conscientious, fulfil it faithfully.

But he was studious, diligent, and anxious to avoid repremands and to fulfil the expectations of his parents.

How did the Spanish Government fulfil, on its part, the decree spontaneously issued in 1868?

But in order to give encouragement to perform the duty and fulfil its engagements, he has also made promises of good.

Believers, as a people who would Covenant and fulfil their obligations, were given to the Mediator in the everlasting covenant.