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fill (fɪl



(mainly transitive) often foll by up
  1. (also intransitive) to make or become full   ⇒  ■ to fill up a bottle,   ⇒  ■ the bath fills in two minutes
  2. to occupy the whole of   ⇒  ■ the party filled two floors of the house
  3. to plug (a gap, crevice, cavity, etc)
  4. to meet (a requirement or need) satisfactorily
  5. to cover (a page or blank space) with writing, drawing, etc
  6. to hold and perform the duties of (an office or position)
  7. to appoint or elect an occupant to (an office or position)
  8. (building) to build up (ground) with fill
  9. (also intransitive) to swell or cause to swell with wind, as in manoeuvring the sails of a sailing vessel
  10. to increase the bulk of by adding an inferior substance
  11. (poker) to complete (a full house, etc) by drawing the cards needed
  12. (mainly US & and Canadian) to put together the necessary materials for (a prescription or order)
  13. See fill the bill



  1. material such as gravel, stones, etc, used to bring an area of ground up to a required level
  2. See one's fill

Word Origin

Old English fyllan; related to Old Frisian fella, Old Norse fylla, Gothic fulljan, Old High German fullen; see full1, fulfil


View thesaurus entry
= top up, fill up, make full, become full, brim over
= swell, expand, inflate, become bloated, extend, balloon, fatten
= plug, close, stop, seal, cork, bung, block up, stop up
= fulfil, hold, perform, carry out, occupy, take up, execute, discharge, officiate
= complete, carry out, implement, fulfil, execute

Translations for 'fill'

  • British English: fill If you fill a container or area, or if it fills, an amount of something enters it that is enough to make it full.Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a slow boil.The boy's eyes filled with tears.fɪl VERB
  • Arabic: يَـمْلُأ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: encher
  • Chinese: 装满
  • Croatian: puniti
  • Czech: plnit naplnit
  • Danish: fylde
  • Dutch: vullen
  • European Spanish: llenar
  • Finnish: täyttää
  • French: remplir
  • German: füllen
  • Greek: γεμίζω
  • Italian: riempire
  • Japanese: いっぱいにする
  • Korean: ...을 ...으로 채우다
  • Norwegian: fylle
  • Polish: napełnić napełniać
  • Portuguese: encher
  • Romanian: a umple
  • Russian: наполнять
  • Spanish: llenar
  • Swedish: fylla
  • Thai: เติม
  • Turkish: doldurmakiçini
  • Ukrainian: заповнювати
  • Vietnamese: làm đầy

Example Sentences Including 'fill'

Small, bright-eyed birds swooped among the clouds of insects, eating their fill.
At lunchtime the streets began to fill with people looking for something to eat.
You know how it is...' Rudenko lapsed into silence, inviting Stephanie to fill the empty spaces.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)


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