[ree-fyoo-uh l]

verb (used with object), re·fu·eled, re·fu·el·ing or (especially British) re·fu·elled, re·fu·el·ling.

to supply again with fuel: to refuel an airplane.

verb (used without object), re·fu·eled, re·fu·el·ing or (especially British) re·fu·elled, re·fu·el·ling.

to take on a fresh supply of fuel: The plane refueled at Paris and flew on.

Origin of refuel

First recorded in 1805–15; re- + fuel
Related formsre·fu·el·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·fu·el·ing, adjectivenon·re·fu·el·ling, adjectiveun·re·fueled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of refuel

  • The only time anyone gets a record of them is when they come in to refuel or repair.

    Secret Armies

    John L. Spivak

  • They stopped at one port for a few hours to refuel, but there was little to see.

  • I want you to refuel, go back there and see what the trouble was.

    Aces Up

    Covington Clarke

  • Perhaps, when you land there to refuel, someone will recognize you.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase

  • Almost immediately, special-trained crews swarmed into the ship to refuel her and prepare her for the next lap of the race.

    Treachery in Outer Space

    Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman

British Dictionary definitions for refuel


verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

to supply or be supplied with fresh fuel
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Word Origin and History for refuel

also re-fuel, 1811, from re- "again" + fuel (v.). Originally in a spiritual sense. Related: Refueled; refuelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper