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fulfil or or (US) fulfill (fʊlˈfɪl )



-fils, or (US) -fills -filling or -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, or (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: 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: يُنْجِزُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cumprir
  • Chinese: 完成
  • Croatian: ispuniti
  • Czech: splnit plnitslib
  • Danish: opfylde
  • Dutch: vervullen
  • European Spanish: cumplirpromesa
  • Finnish: täyttäätoteuttaa
  • French: satisfaire
  • German: verwirklichen
  • Greek: εκπληρώνω
  • Italian: adempiere
  • Japanese: 果たす
  • Korean: 성취하다
  • Norwegian: oppfylle
  • Polish: spełnić spełniać
  • Portuguese: cumprir
  • Romanian: a îndeplini
  • Russian: выполнять
  • Spanish: cumplirsatisfacer
  • Swedish: uppfylla
  • Thai: ทำให้บรรลุผล
  • Turkish: gerçekleştirmek
  • Ukrainian: виконувати виконати
  • Vietnamese: 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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