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Definition of fulfill verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fulfill he / she / it fulfills past simple fulfilled -ing form fulfilling
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  1. 1fulfill something to do or achieve what was hoped for or expected to fulfill your dream/ambition/potential
  2. 2fulfill something to do or have what is required or necessary to fulfill a duty/an obligation/a promise to fulfill the terms/conditions of an agreement No candidate fulfills all the criteria for this position.
  3. 3fulfill something to have a particular role or purpose Preschools should fulfill the function of preparing children for school.
  4. 4fulfill somebody/yourself to make someone feel happy and satisfied with what they are doing or have done I need a job that really fulfills me. He was able to fulfill himself through his painting.
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noun [uncountable] the fulfillment of a dream to find personal fulfillment Thesaurussatisfactionhappiness pride contentment fulfillmentThese are all words for the good feeling that you have when you are happy or when you have achieved something.satisfaction the good feeling that you have when you have achieved something or when something that you wanted to happen does happen:He derived great satisfaction from knowing that his son was happy.happiness the good feeling that you have when you are happy:Money can't buy you happiness.pride a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction that you get when you, or people who are connected with you, have done something well or own something that other people admire:The sight of her son graduating filled her with pride.contentment (somewhat formal) a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you have:They found contentment in living a simple life.fulfillment a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you do or have done:her search for personal fulfillmentsatisfaction, happiness, contentment, or fulfillment?You can feel satisfaction at achieving almost anything, small or large; you feel fulfillment when you do something useful and enjoyable with your life. Happiness is the feeling you have when things give you pleasure and can be quite a lively feeling;contentment is a quieter feeling that you get when you have learned to find pleasure in things.Patterns satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment/fulfillment in something real satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment/fulfillment true satisfaction/happiness/contentment/fulfillment great satisfaction/happiness/pride quiet satisfaction/pride/contentment to feel satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment to bring somebody satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment/fulfillment to find satisfaction/happiness/contentment/fulfillment