from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to make quite full; to fill to the brim or entirely; to occupy completely; to complete.
  • intransitive v. to grow or become quite full; as, the channel of the river fills up with sand.


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  • This was felt to be only right in good faith to the London Mission, in order not to make dire confusion if they should be able to fill up the gap before the Church could.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • You may choose to fill up on food loaded with sugar, in particular, because eating carbohydrate-heavy foods boosts levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood.

    The Life You Want

  • Hokusai's eyes had snapped fully open, and he was slopping water in to fill up the remaining space and keep the I-231 in contact with everything else.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • It was an integral part of the Liturgy, that is to say it was not introduced to fill up time whilst other things were going on, but was listened to by clergy and people alike, and in this it differs from the antiphonal chant, which was merely an accompaniment to various actions and ceremonies, e.g. the Introit,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • That's more than $300,000 in the time it takes you to fill up a tank with gas that's costing you more than $4-a-gallon.

    Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: New Energy for America

  • Why, Sir, I should be undone; — at this very moment that I am going here to fill up one place against a critick, — I should have made an opening for a couple. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • The tanker was sighted at 0610 on the 28th, and by 0830 the pipeline between the two ships was throbbing as pumps thrust oil through to fill up the pocket battleship's tanks.

    Graf Spee

  • A lorry from Étampes on its way to Paris stopped to fill up with petrol.

    Maigret at the Crossroads

  • His holds were loaded with Gallic iron-tired wagon wheels, copper pots from Nearer Spain, some firkins of garum flavoring, and, to fill up the spaces, linen canvas from the lands of the Petrocorii.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • As a matter of fact, they are occupying valuable space my firm contracted to fill up with more useful cargo than a lot of thieving, rum-swilling twiddle-poops not clever enough to get into the Navy nor rich enough to get into the Army!

    Morgan’s Run


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