[foo l-fil]

verb (used with object), ful·filled, ful·fil·ling.


or ful·fil


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.

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)

Synonyms for fulfill

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Examples from the Web for fulfilling

Contemporary Examples of fulfilling

Historical Examples of fulfilling

  • It shall be my pleasure to do my best in fulfilling your commands.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Were our duty always pleasant to us, where would be the merit in fulfilling it?

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • He can get them to grow by arranging all the circumstances and fulfilling all the conditions.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond

  • Spend the time you have spent in sighing for fruits in fulfilling the conditions of their growth.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond

  • I therefore thought it my duty to lose no time in fulfilling my errand.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for fulfilling


US fulfill

verb -fils or US -fills, -filling or -filled (tr)

to bring about the completion or achievement of (a desire, promise, etc)
to carry out or execute (a request, etc)
to conform with or satisfy (regulations, demands, etc)
to finish or reach the end ofhe fulfilled his prison sentence
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 fulfilling



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.



see fulfill. Related: fulfilment.

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