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  • v. To fill up.
  • v. To satisfy, carry out, bring to completion (an obligation, a requirement, etc.).
  • v. To emotionally or artistically satisfy; to develop one's gifts to the fullest.
  • v. To obey, follow, comply with (a rule, requirement etc.).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fill full; fill to the utmost capacity, as a vessel, a room, etc.
  • To make full or complete; fill the measure of; bring out or manifest fully.
  • To fill the requirements or purport of; carry out or into effect; bring to consummation; satisfy by performance: as, to fulfil a prayer or petition; to fulfil one's promises or the terms of a contract; the prophecy was fulfilled.
  • To carry on or out fully or completely; perform; execute: as, to fulfil the requirements of citizenship.
  • To fill out; carry on to the end; continue to the close; finish the course of: as, to fulfil an apprenticeship, a term of office, or (archaically) a period of time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. meet the requirements or expectations of
  • v. fill or meet a want or need
  • v. put in effect


Late Old English fullfyllan, corresponding to full + fill. (Wiktionary)



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