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also ful·fil  (fo͝ol-fĭl′)
tr.v. ful·filled, ful·fill·ing, ful·fills also ful·fils
1. To bring into actuality; effect or make real: fulfilled their promises; fulfilled her dream.
2. To do, perform, or obey (a task or order, for example); carry out.
3. To meet (a requirement or condition); satisfy. See Synonyms at satisfy.

[Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan : full, full; see full1 + fyllan, to fill; see fill.]

ful·fill′er n.
ful·fill′ment, ful·fil′ment n.
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or ful•fil


1. to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
2. to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands.
3. to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.): to fulfill a long-felt need.
4. to bring to an end; finish or complete, as a period of time.
5. to develop the full potential of (usu. used reflexively): to fulfill oneself in charitable work.
[before 1000; Middle English; late Old English fullfyllan=full full1 + fyllan to fill]
ful•fill′er, n.
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Past participle: fulfilled
Gerund: fulfilling

I fulfill
you fulfill
he/she/it fulfills
we fulfill
you fulfill
they fulfill
I fulfilled
you fulfilled
he/she/it fulfilled
we fulfilled
you fulfilled
they fulfilled
Present Continuous
I am fulfilling
you are fulfilling
he/she/it is fulfilling
we are fulfilling
you are fulfilling
they are fulfilling
Present Perfect
I have fulfilled
you have fulfilled
he/she/it has fulfilled
we have fulfilled
you have fulfilled
they have fulfilled
Past Continuous
I was fulfilling
you were fulfilling
he/she/it was fulfilling
we were fulfilling
you were fulfilling
they were fulfilling
Past Perfect
I had fulfilled
you had fulfilled
he/she/it had fulfilled
we had fulfilled
you had fulfilled
they had fulfilled
I will fulfill
you will fulfill
he/she/it will fulfill
we will fulfill
you will fulfill
they will fulfill
Future Perfect
I will have fulfilled
you will have fulfilled
he/she/it will have fulfilled
we will have fulfilled
you will have fulfilled
they will have fulfilled
Future Continuous
I will be fulfilling
you will be fulfilling
he/she/it will be fulfilling
we will be fulfilling
you will be fulfilling
they will be fulfilling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fulfilling
you have been fulfilling
he/she/it has been fulfilling
we have been fulfilling
you have been fulfilling
they have been fulfilling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fulfilling
you will have been fulfilling
he/she/it will have been fulfilling
we will have been fulfilling
you will have been fulfilling
they will have been fulfilling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fulfilling
you had been fulfilling
he/she/it had been fulfilling
we had been fulfilling
you had been fulfilling
they had been fulfilling
I would fulfill
you would fulfill
he/she/it would fulfill
we would fulfill
you would fulfill
they would fulfill
Past Conditional
I would have fulfilled
you would have fulfilled
he/she/it would have fulfilled
we would have fulfilled
you would have fulfilled
they would have fulfilled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fulfill - put in effectfulfill - put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
complete, finish - come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
follow out, follow up, put through, carry out, follow through, implement, go through - pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue; "Did he go through with the treatment?"; "He implemented a new economic plan"; "She followed up his recommendations with a written proposal"
get over - to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end; "Let's get this job over with"; "It's a question of getting over an unpleasant task"
run - carry out; "run an errand"
consummate - make perfect; bring to perfection
consummate - fulfill sexually; "consummate a marriage"
effect, effectuate, set up - produce; "The scientists set up a shock wave"
do, perform - get (something) done; "I did my job"
discharge, dispatch, complete - complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"
2.fulfill - meet the requirements or expectations of
conform to, fit, meet - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
suffice, answer, do, serve - be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve"
cover - provide for; "The grant doesn't cover my salary"
3.fulfill - fill or meet a want or need
cater, ply, provide, supply - give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
answer - be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; "This may answer her needs"
appease, quell, stay - overcome or allay; "quell my hunger"
feed on, feed upon - be sustained by; "He fed on the great ideas of her mentor"
quench, slake, allay, assuage - satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


also fulfil
1. To carry out the functions, requirements, or terms of:
Idiom: live up to.
2. To grant or have what is demanded by (a need or desire):
3. To supply fully or completely:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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vt. cumplir; llevar a cabo; realizar.
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How is it possible that a government half supplied and always necessitous, can fulfill the purposes of its institution, can provide for the security, advance the prosperity, or support the reputation of the commonwealth?
I have a mission to fulfill. Will you facilitate the means of my fulfilling that mission, or will you not?"
Of the three precepts of Freemasonry Pierre realized that he did not fulfill the one which enjoined every Mason to set an example of moral life, and that of the seven virtues he lacked two- morality and the love of death.
So you have helped me to fulfill my life's ambition, and I am more grateful to you, my dears, than I can express in words.
Then the queen took pity on the little fish, and threw it back again into the river; and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said, 'I know what your wish is, and it shall be fulfilled, in return for your kindness to me--you will soon have a daughter.' What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass; and the queen had a little girl, so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy, and said he would hold a great feast and make merry, and show the child to all the land.
I have had other dreams at other times--and I have known them to be fulfilled."
above all, For the resurrection of deep-buried faith In Truth -- in Virtue -- in Humanity -- Of all who, on Despair's unhallowed bed Lying down to die, have suddenly arisen At thy soft-murmured words, "Let there be light!" At the soft-murmured words that were fulfilled In the seraphic glancing of thine eyes -- Of all who owe thee most -- whose gratitude Nearest resembles worship -- oh, remember The truest -- the most fervently devoted, And think that these weak lines are written by him -- By him who, as he pens them, thrills to think His spirit is communing with an angel's.
The doctor of the dead then laid his permit on the corner of the table, and having fulfilled his duty, was conducted out by d'Avrigny.
MY BELOVED BARBARA ALEXIEVNA,--I have carefully fulfilled your commissions.
For a time, which seemed so long that the world grew gray with age and sin, and the haunted forest, having fulfilled its purpose in this monstrous culmination of its terrors, vanished out of his consciousness with all its sights and sounds, the apparition stood within a pace, regarding him with the mindless malevolence of a wild brute; then thrust its hands forward and sprang upon him with appalling ferocity!
as he talked on, with lighted face and chin in the air, how cruelly I realised how little I had fulfilled mine.
You will get no finish from either -- the lines are often blurred, the design but half fulfilled; and yet the effect is not inartistic.