[verb ree-fil; noun ree-fil]

verb (used with or without object)

to fill again.


a material, supply, or the like, to replace something that has been used up: a refill for a prescription.

Origin of refill

First recorded in 1680–90; re- + fill
Related formsre·fill·a·ble, adjective, nounnon·re·fill·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·filled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (riːˈfɪl)

to fill (something) again

noun (ˈriːfɪl)

a replacement for a consumable substance in a permanent container
a second or subsequent fillinga refill at the petrol station
informal another drink to replace one already drunk
Derived Formsrefillable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for refill

1680s, from re- "back, again" + fill (v.). Related: Refilled; refilling.


1884, from refill (v.). Meaning "a second drink" is from 1929.

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