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. [Obs.] ``Fulfill her week'' --Gen. xxix. 27. [1913 Webster]

Suffer thou that the children be fulfilled first, for it is not good to take the bread of children and give to hounds. --Wyclif (Mark vii. 27). [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

He will, fulfill the desire of them fear him. --Ps. cxlv. 199. [1913 Webster]

Here Nature seems fulfilled in all her ends. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Servants must their masters' minds fulfill. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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