Fill definition

fĭl
To fill is defined as to put as much as possible or to occupy.

An example of to fill is putting as much salt into a salt shaker as will fit.

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The definition of fill is to supply what is needed, satisfy, close or put a person into.

An example of to fill is a pharmacy giving a prescription to a customer.

An example of to fill is a pregnant woman eating ice cream after having a craving for it.

An example of to fill is putting putty into a small wall hole and making it smooth.

An example of to fill is hiring someone for a position that was open at a company.

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An amount needed to make full, complete, or satisfied.

Eat one's fill.

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To cover the surface of (an inexpensive metal) with a layer of precious metal, such as gold.
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To put something into (a container, for example) to capacity or to a desired level.

Fill a glass with milk; filled the tub with water.

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To supply or provide to the fullest extent.

Filled the mall with new stores.

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To build up the level of (low-lying land) with material such as earth or gravel.
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To stop or plug up (an opening, for example).
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To repair a cavity of (a tooth).
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To add a foreign substance to (cloth or wood, for example).
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To flow or move into (a container or area), often to capacity.

Water is filling the basement. Fans are filling the stadium.

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To pervade.

Music filled the room.

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To satiate, as with food and drink.

The guests filled themselves with pie.

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To engage or occupy completely.

A song that filled me with nostalgia.

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To satisfy or meet; fulfill.

Fill the requirements.

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To supply what is specified by or required for.

Fill a prescription; fill an order.

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To put a person into (a job or position).

We filled the job with a new hire.

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To discharge the duties of; occupy.

How long has she filled that post?

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To cause (a sail) to swell.
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To adjust (a yard) so that wind will cause a sail to swell.
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To become full.

The basement is filling with water.

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Material for filling a container, cavity, or passage.
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A built-up piece of land; an embankment.
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The material, such as earth or gravel, used for this.
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To fulfill (an engagement to perform, speak, etc.)
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To satisfy the hunger or desire of; feed or satiate.
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To raise the level of (low land) by adding earth, gravel, etc.
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(poker) To draw the card or cards needed to complete (a straight, flush, or full house)
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To put as much as possible into; make full.
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To put a considerable quantity of something into.

To fill the tub for a bath, to fill one's life with joy.

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To take up or occupy all or nearly all the capacity, area, or extent of.

The crowd filled the room.

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To spread or be diffused throughout.
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To occupy (an office, position, etc.)
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To put a person into (an office, position, etc.)
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To supply the things needed or called for in (an order, prescription, etc.)
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To satisfy (a need, requirement, etc.)
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To close or plug (holes, cracks, etc.)
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To insert a filling in (a tooth)
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To cause (a sail) to swell out.
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To adjust (a sail) so that the wind strikes its after side.
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To become full.
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All that is needed to make full.
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All that is needed to satisfy.

To eat or drink one's fill.

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Anything that fills or is used to fill; esp., earth, gravel, etc. used for filling a hole or depression.
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A piece of land artificially raised to a required level, as a railroad embankment.
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A trading term that indicates that the customer’s order to buy or sell stocks, bonds, futures, or options has been successfully completed. Orders that are only partly filled are called partial fills.
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A surname​.
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(1) In a graphics program, to apply color to a graphics object such as a rectangle, circle or polygon. In a paint program, the fill function is depicted as a paint bucket icon. It is used to "paint" objects or the entire canvas.
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fill (someone's) shoes
  • To assume someone's position or duties.
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(informal) fill the bill
  • To serve a particular purpose.
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fill in
  • to fill with some substance
  • to make complete by inserting or supplying something
  • to insert or supply for completion
  • to be a substitute
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fill out
  • to make or become larger, rounder, shapelier, etc.
  • to make (a document, etc.) complete by inserting or supplying information
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fill someone in (on)
  • to provide someone with additional facts, details, etc. (about)
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fill up
  • to make or become completely full
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fill
Plural:
fills

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fill

  • Middle English fillen from Old English fyllan pelə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a medieval diminutive of the given name Philip.

    From Wiktionary