Definition of fulfilling adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

fulfilling

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//fʊlˈfɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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causing someone to feel satisfied and useful a fulfilling experience He'd like to find a more fulfilling career. opposite unfulfilling Thesaurussatisfyingrewarding pleasing gratifying fulfillingThese words all describe an experience, an activity, or a fact that gives you pleasure because it provides something you need or want.satisfying that gives you pleasure because it provides something that you need or want:Soup and a salad can be a satisfying meal.rewarding (of an experience or an activity) that makes you happy because you think it is useful or important; worth doing:Nursing can be a very rewarding career.pleasing (somewhat formal) that gives you pleasure, especially to look at, hear, or think about:It was a simple but pleasing design.gratifying (formal) that gives you pleasure, especially because it makes you feel that you have done well:It is gratifying to see such good results.fulfilling (of an experience or an activity) that makes you happy, because it makes you feel your skills and talents are being used:He'd like to find a more fulfilling career.satisfying, rewarding, or fulfilling?Almost any experience, important or not, can be satisfying. Rewarding and fulfilling are used more for longer, more serious activities, such as jobs or careers. Satisfying and fulfilling are more about your personal satisfaction or happiness;rewarding is more about your sense of doing something important and being useful to others.Patterns a satisfying/rewarding/gratifying/fulfilling experience/feeling (a) satisfying/rewarding/fulfilling job/career/work to find something satisfying/rewarding/pleasing/gratifying
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