Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To bring into actuality; effect or make real.
  • transitive verb To do, perform, or obey (a task or order, for example); carry out.
  • transitive verb To meet (a requirement or condition); satisfy. synonym: satisfy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To fill up; to make full or complete.
  • transitive verb To accomplish or carry into effect, as an intention, promise, or prophecy, a desire, prayer, or requirement, etc.; to complete by performance; to answer the requisitions of; to bring to pass, as a purpose or design; to effectuate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan : full, full; see full + fyllan, to fill; see fill.]

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From Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan ("to fill full"), corresponding to full- +‎ fill.

Examples

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  • (See discussion of American fulfill vs British fulfil popularity at the single-l fulfil page.)

    October 7, 2015