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- (transitive) To fill; to replace material that is absent or has been removed.
- After you're done laying the pipe, fill in the trench.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To inform somebody, especially to supply someone missing or missed information.
- If you know anything about this, maybe you can fill me in.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To substitute for somebody or something.
- He can't go on vacation very often because there is nobody to fill in for him.
- (transitive, chiefly Britain) To complete a form or questionnaire with requested information.
- Synonym: fill out
- 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, in Guardian:
- The findings emerged from questionnaires filled in by 2,211 staff in 145 wards of 55 hospitals in England and Wales and 105 observations of care of dementia patients. Two-thirds of staff said they had not had enough training to provide proper care, 50% said they had not been trained how to communicate properly with such patients and 54% had not been told how to handle challenging or aggressive behaviour.
- (slang) To beat up; to physically assault.
- Talk to me like that again and I'll fill you in!
fill — see fill
to inform somebody, especially to supply someone missing or missed information
to substitute for somebody or something
fill out — see fill out