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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'

Would it have dispelled her own resentment of expectations she could never fulfil ?
Sara MacDonald SEA MUSIC (2003)
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
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)


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