fulfill

ful|fill [ ful`fıl ] verb transitive **
1. ) to do a particular job or have a particular purpose:
fulfill a function/role/purpose: The church fulfills an important role in this town.
We know which part of the human brain fulfills this function.
a ) to reach a particular standard or have the qualities that are necessary for something:
fulfill requirements/criteria: Several of the applicants do not fulfill the entry requirements for the course.
fulfill conditions: Aid is dependent on certain political conditions being fulfilled.
b ) fulfill a need to provide something that people need:
The bus fulfills an important community need.
2. ) to achieve something that you wanted to do, or get something you hoped for:
fulfill a dream/ambition: The trip fulfilled a long-cherished dream.
fulfill an aim/objective: They hope to fulfill their objectives by 2004.
fulfill someone's expectations (=be as good as they expect): Supporters feel that the team has not fulfilled their expectations.
a ) fulfill your potential to achieve as much as your natural ability makes possible:
He never really fulfilled his potential as a player.
3. ) to do what you must do, for example as part of a job:
fulfill an obligation/duty/commitment: Landlords who refuse to fulfill their obligations may be liable to fines.
a ) to do what you have said you will do:
fulfill a promise/pledge: The government has failed to fulfill its election promises.
Sadly, this pledge was never fulfilled.
4. ) to make you happy and satisfied because you are using your abilities:
Being a wife and mother doesn't really fulfill me.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Fulfill — Ful*fill , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fulfilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fulfilling}.] [OE. fulfillen, fulfullen, AS. fulfyllan; ful full + fyllan to fill. See {Full}, a., and {Fill}, v. t.] [Written also {fulfil.}] 1. To fill up; to make full or complete.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fulfill — [fool fil′] vt. fulfilled, fulfilling [ME fulfillen < OE fullfyllan: a pleonasm: see FULL1 & FILL] 1. to carry out (something promised, desired, predicted, etc.); cause to be or happen 2. to do (something required); obey 3. to satisfy (a… …   English World dictionary

  • fulfill — I verb abide by, accomplish, achieve, adhere to, answer, be faithful to, be sufficient, bring about, bring to completion, bring to pass, carry into effect, complete, comply with, consummate, discharge, do, effect, effectuate, efficere, execute,… …   Law dictionary

  • fulfill — UK US /fʊlˈfɪl/ verb [T] US ► FULFIL(Cf. ↑fulfil) …   Financial and business terms

  • fulfill — (v.) O.E. fullfyllan fill up, make full, from full + fyllan (see FILL (Cf. fill), which is ultimately from the root of full). Used early of prophecy and perhaps a translation of L. implere, adimplere. Related: Fulfilled; fulfilling …   Etymology dictionary

  • fulfill — 1 effect, achieve, accomplish, execute, *perform, discharge Analogous words: *enforce, implement: compass, attain, *reach, gain: *realize, actualize: finish, complete (see CLOSE) Antonyms: frustrate: fail (in) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fulfill — [v] bring to completion accomplish, achieve, answer, be just the ticket*, carry out, comply with, conclude, conform, discharge, do, effect, effectuate, execute, fill, fill the bill*, finish, hit the bull’s eye*, implement, keep, make it*, make… …   New thesaurus

  • fulfill — 01. She hopes to [fulfill] her dreams of becoming an actress one day. 02. They couldn t [fulfill] all the conditions by the due date, so the deal fell through. 03. She gets a feeling of [fulfillment] from doing volunteer work. 04. He [fulfilled]… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • fulfill — ful•fill or ful•fil [[t]fʊlˈfɪl[/t]] v. t. 1) to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise 2) to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands 3) to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.): to fulfill a long felt… …   From formal English to slang

  • fulfill — fulfiller, n. /fool fil /, v.t. 1. to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise. 2. to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands. 3. to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.): a book that fulfills a long felt need …   Universalium

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