fulfil

[foo l-fil]
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fulfill

or ful·fil

[fool-fil]
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

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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fulfil

US fulfill

verb -fils or US -fills, -filling or -filled (tr)
  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 ofhe fulfilled his prison sentence
  5. fulfil oneself to achieve one's potential or desires
Derived Formsfulfiller, nounfulfilment or US fulfillment, noun

Word Origin for fulfil

Old English fulfyllan
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Word Origin and History for fulfilled

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.

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