American English

Definition of fill verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fill
    he / she / it fills
    past simple filled
    -ing form filling
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    make full
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to make something full of something; to become full of something fill something Please fill this glass for me. to fill a vacuum/void The school is filled to capacity. Smoke filled the room. The wind filled the sails. A Disney movie can always fill theaters (= attract a lot of people to see it). fill something with something to fill a hole with earth/a bucket with water fill something + adj. Fill a pan half full of water. fill (with something) The room was filling quickly. Her eyes suddenly filled with tears. The sails filled with wind.
  2. block hole
  3. 2[transitive] fill something (with something) to block a hole with a substance The crack in the wall had been filled with plaster. I need to have two teeth filled (= to have fillings put in them). (figurative) The product has filled a gap in the market.
  4. with feeling
  5. 3[transitive] fill somebody (with something) to make someone have a strong feeling We were all filled with admiration for his achievements.
  6. with smell/sound/light
  7. 4[transitive] fill something (with something) if a smell, sound, or light fills a place, it is very strong, loud, or bright and easy to notice
  8. -filled
  9. 5(in adjectives) full of the thing mentioned a smoke-filled room a fun-filled day
  10. a need
  11. 6[transitive] fill something to stop people from continuing to want or need something More preschools will be built to fill the need for high-quality child care.
  12. job
  13. 7[transitive] fill something to do a job, have a role or position, etc. He fills the position satisfactorily (= performs his duties well). The team needs someone to fill the role of manager very soon.
  14. 8[transitive] fill something to appoint someone to a job The vacancy has already been filled.
  15. time
  16. 9[transitive] fill something (up) to use up a particular period of time doing something How do you fill your days now that you're retired?
  17. with food
  18. 10[transitive] fill somebody/yourself (up) (with something) (informal) to make someone/yourself feel unable to eat any more The kids filled themselves up with snacks.
  19. an order
  20. 11[transitive] fill something if someone fills an order or a prescription, they give the customer what they asked for see also unfilled
  21. Idioms
    fill/fit the bill
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    to be what is needed in a particular situation or for a particular purpose On paper, several of the applicants fit the bill.
    fill somebody's shoes
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    to do someone's job in an acceptable way when they are not there
    Phrasal Verbsfill in (for somebody)fill somethinginfill somebody in (on something)fill outfill somethingoutfill up (with something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fill