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See also: fill-out
In the sense of “complete a form” originally attested in American English, possibly as a calque of German ausfüllen. Later spread to British English, where it now competes with the traditional expression fill in.
- (transitive) To complete a form or questionnaire with requested information.
- (intransitive) To have one's physique expand with maturity or with surplus weight.
- He began to fill out once he started college.
- 2008 October, David Schipper, “Outsmart your stomach: Seven ways to fill your gut—and lose it, too”, in Men's Health, volume 23, number 8, →ISSN, page 135:
- We've scoured these science and tapped the top experts to help you learn how to do just that. Use these seven simple strategies, and you'll fill up without filling out.
- (transitive, obsolete) To fill up; to make full.
to complete a form
to have one's physique expand
- Locher, Miriam A.; Strässler, Jürg. 2008. Standards and norms in the English language. New York: De Gruyer. Page 26.