Definition of fulfil verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English) (North American English fulfill) verb
    BrE BrE//fʊlˈfɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʊlˈfɪl//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fulfil
    BrE BrE//fʊlˈfɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʊlˈfɪl//
    he / she / it fulfils
    BrE BrE//fʊlˈfɪlz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʊlˈfɪlz//
    past simple fulfilled
    BrE BrE//fʊlˈfɪld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʊlˈfɪld//
    past participle fulfilled
    BrE BrE//fʊlˈfɪld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʊlˈfɪld//
    -ing form fulfilling
    BrE BrE//fʊlˈfɪlɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʊlˈfɪlɪŋ//
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  1. 1fulfil something to do or achieve what was hoped for or expected to fulfil your dream/ambition/potential
  2. 2fulfil something (formal) to do or have what is required or necessary to fulfil a duty/an obligation/a promise to fulfil the terms/conditions of an agreement No candidate fulfils all the criteria for this position.
  3. 3fulfil something to have a particular role or purpose Nursery schools should fulfil the function of preparing children for school.
  4. 4fulfil somebody/yourself to make somebody feel happy and satisfied with what they are doing or have done I need a job that really fulfils me. He was able to fulfil himself through his painting. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. See related entries: Happiness
  5. Word Originlate Old English fullfyllan ‘fill up, make full’ (see full, fill).Extra examples He amply fulfilled the weight of expectation that they had placed on him. Students must fulfil the following entry criteria. The building is still fulfilling its original purpose admirably. The movie doesn’t quite fulfil its promise. Turkey is a market that has never quite fulfilled its potential. Failure to fulfil the terms of the agreements may result in legal action. Fulfil your dreams with a new career. He had fulfilled his promise to his father. Once they had fulfilled their obligations, they were allowed to go. Work permits are only given to people who fulfil certain criteria.