fulfill

or ful·fil

[ fool-fil ]
/ fʊlˈfɪl /

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. fulbright act,
  2. fulbright scholarships,
  3. fulbright, james william,
  4. fulcrum,
  5. fulfil,
  6. fulfillment,
  7. fulgent,
  8. fulgently,
  9. fulgurant,
  10. fulgurate

Origin of fulfill

before 1000; Middle English fulfillen, Old English fulfyllan. See full1, fill

Related formsful·fill·er, nouno·ver·ful·fill, verb (used with object)pre·ful·fill, verb (used with object)su·per·ful·fill, verb (used with object)

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Word Origin and History for fulfill

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper