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[verb ree-fil; noun ree-fil]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to fill again.
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  1. a material, supply, or the like, to replace something that has been used up: a refill for a prescription.
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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
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verb (riːˈfɪl)
  1. to fill (something) again
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noun (ˈriːfɪl)
  1. a replacement for a consumable substance in a permanent container
  2. a second or subsequent fillinga refill at the petrol station
  3. informal another drink to replace one already drunk
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Derived Formsrefillable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for refill


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

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

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