- To fulfill is defined as to finish a task or agreement.
An example of to fulfill is to complete an order for a customer.
- To fulfill means to make someone happy and content.
An example of to fulfill is to take someone on a vacation they always dreamed of taking.
transitive verbfulfilled, fulfilling
- to carry out (something promised, desired, predicted, etc.); cause to be or happen
- to do (something required); obey
- to satisfy (a condition) or answer (a purpose)
Origin of fulfillMiddle English fulfillen ; from Old English fullfyllan: a pleonasm: see full and amp; fill
transitive verbful·filled, ful·fill·ing, ful·fills also ful·fils
- To bring into actuality; effect or make real: fulfilled their promises; fulfilled her dream.
- To do, perform, or obey (a task or order, for example); carry out.
- To meet (a requirement or condition); satisfy. See Synonyms at satisfy.
Origin of fulfillMiddle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan : full, full; see full1 + fyllan, to fill; see fill.
- ful·fill′ment, ful·fil′ment
(third-person singular simple present fulfills, present participle fulfilling, simple past and past participle fulfilled)
- (archaic) To fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.
- My lady is positively fulfilled of grace.
- To satisfy, carry out, bring to completion (an obligation, a requirement, etc.).
- You made a promise, son, and now you must fulfill it.
- What rôle does the wax in your earhole fulfill?
- To emotionally or artistically satisfy; to develop one's gifts to the fullest.
- This is the most fulfilling work I've ever done.
- To obey, follow, comply with (a rule, requirement etc.).
- Unfortunately, you don't fulfill the criteria for extra grants at the present time.
From Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan (“to fill full”), corresponding to full- + fill.