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/ fʊlˈfɪl ɪŋ /
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satisfying or rewarding, especially by meeting the emotional need for meaning, challenge, growth, success, etc.: The young graduates were looking forward to the adventure of growing personally, gaining new skills, and embarking on a fulfilling career.
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Origin of fulfilling

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What does fulfilling mean?

Fulfilling means providing or resulting in satisfaction or contentment.

A job is fulfilling when it allows a person to fully use their talents and work on projects that they enjoy and that they find meaning in. A relationship is fulfilling for someone when it brings them happiness and a deep connection.

Fulfilling is also the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb fulfill, meaning “to satisfy” or “to bring about” (which is how it’s used in the term self-fulfilling, as in self-fulfilling prophecy).

Something that’s fulfilling leads to fulfillment—a state of satisfaction or contentment. Someone who feels this way can be described as fulfilled.

Example: My trip across Europe has been so fulfilling—I’ve learned new languages and new cultures, and, most importantly, I’ve learned new things about myself.

Where does fulfilling come from?

The first records of the verb fulfill come from before 1000. The adjective form fulfilling is first recorded later. It ultimately comes from the Old English fulfyllan. Just as it sounds, the roots of the word fulfill are the words full and fill.

Something that’s fulfilling fills you up—it makes you full of contentment or satisfaction. Tasks and hobbies that are fulfilling are worth doing because of what you get out of them. When things aren’t fulfilling, it means they don’t give you much in return. A job might not be fulfilling if it doesn’t make you feel like you’re doing something useful or at least learning something from it.

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How is fulfilling used in real life?

Fulfilling is typically used in a positive way. It’s especially used in the context of careers, relationships, and hobbies.



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Is fulfilling used correctly in the following sentence?

I find woodworking so fulfilling because it’s relaxing and I can make things that last.

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