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Late Old English fullfyllan, corresponding to full + fill.



fulfil (third-person singular simple present fulfils, present participle fulfilling, simple past and past participle fulfilled)

  1. (archaic) To fill up.
    My lady is positively fulfilled of grace.
    • 1870, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night
      The silence which benumbs or strains the sense
      Fulfils with awe the soul's despair unweeping
  2. To satisfy, carry out, bring to completion (an obligation, a requirement, etc.).
    You made a promise, son, and now you must fulfil it.
  3. To emotionally or artistically satisfy; to develop one's gifts to the fullest.
    This job fulfils me in a way my last one never did.
  4. To obey, follow, comply with (a rule, requirement etc.).
    Unfortunately, you don't fulfil the criteria for extra grants at the present time.

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