or fulfil transitive verb (fulfilled; fulfilling) Etymology: Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan, from full + fyllan to fill Date: before 12th century 1. archaic to make full ; fill <
her subtle, warm, and golden breath…fulfills him with beatitude — Alfred Tennyson
2. a. to put into effect ; execute b. to meet the requirements of (a business order) c. to bring to an end d. to measure up to ; satisfy 3. a. to convert into reality b. to develop the full potentialities of Synonyms: see performfulfiller noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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 — 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 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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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