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fulfil or (US) fulfill (fʊlˈfɪl Pronunciation for )



-fils, (US) -fills, -filling, -filled (transitive)
  1. to bring about the completion or achievement of (a desire, promise, etc)
  2. to carry out or execute (a request, etc)
  3. to conform with or satisfy (regulations, demands, etc)
  4. to finish or reach the end of   ⇒ he fulfilled his prison sentence
  5. See fulfil oneself

Derived Forms

fulˈfiller noun
fulˈfilment, (US) fulˈfillment noun

Word Origin

Old English fulfyllan


View thesaurus entry
= carry out, perform, execute, discharge, keep, effect, finish, complete, achieve, conclude, accomplish, bring to completion,
= achieve, realize, satisfy, attain, consummate, bring to fruition, perfect
= comply with, meet, fill, satisfy, observe, obey, conform to, answer

Translations for 'fulfil'

  • British English: fulfilPronunciation for fulfil If you fulfil a promise, dream, or ambition, you do what you said or hoped you would do.She fulfilled her dream of starting law school.fʊlˈfɪl VERB
  • Arabic: يُنْجِزُPronunciation for يُنْجِزُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cumprirPronunciation for cumprir
  • Chinese: 完成Pronunciation for 完成
  • Croatian: ispunitiPronunciation for ispuniti
  • Czech: splnitPronunciation for splnit plnitslib
  • Danish: opfyldePronunciation for opfylde
  • Dutch: vervullenPronunciation for vervullen
  • European Spanish: cumplirPronunciation for cumplirpromesa
  • Finnish: täyttääPronunciation for täyttäätoteuttaa
  • French: satisfairePronunciation for satisfaire
  • German: verwirklichenPronunciation for verwirklichen
  • Greek: εκπληρώνωPronunciation for εκπληρώνω
  • Italian: adempierePronunciation for adempiere
  • Japanese: 果たすPronunciation for 果たす
  • Korean: 성취하다Pronunciation for 성취하다
  • Norwegian: oppfyllePronunciation for oppfylle
  • Polish: spełnićPronunciation for spełnić spełniać
  • Portuguese: cumprirPronunciation for cumprir
  • Romanian: a îndeplini
  • Russian: выполнятьPronunciation for выполнять
  • Spanish: cumplirPronunciation for cumplirsatisfacer
  • Swedish: uppfyllaPronunciation for uppfylla
  • Thai: ทำให้บรรลุผลPronunciation for ทำให้บรรลุผล
  • Turkish: gerçekleştirmekPronunciation for gerçekleştirmek
  • Ukrainian: виконувати виконати
  • Vietnamese: hoàn thànhPronunciation for hoàn thành

Example Sentences Including 'fulfil'

Anyway, he had a feeling he'd not get to meet them at all if he didn't fulfil their basic requirements.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)
But certain phrases like "scientists such as botanists "also fulfil the search criteria.
New Scientist (2004)
Housebuilders are responding with a range of developments which fulfil the criteria for 21st century living.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
If you and Henry were to fulfil what she believes to be your destiny, you had to be free of the ancient curse.
Harris, Elizabeth Time of the Wolf
She claims that the standard contracts are impossible to fulfil without exceeding the legal seven-year time limit.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Summer The summer brings the Growing Tide, when things come to fruition, ripen and fulfil the promises of spring.
Marian Green WILD WITCHCRAFT: A Guide to Natural, Herbal and Earth Magic (2002)
Would it have dispelled her own resentment of expectations she could never fulfil ?
Sara MacDonald SEA MUSIC (2003)
Yoon pledged the government will fulfil its promises with "new resolve.
canada.com (2004)
Yukos officials have said they could be forced to cut production within weeks, making it unable to fulfil export contracts.
canada.com (2004)


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