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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfill in
he/she/itfills in
present participlefilling in
past tensefilled in
past participlefilled in

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to add information such as your name or address in the empty spaces on an official document
    Please fill in your name and address in the space provided.
    I spent over two hours filling in the application form.
    Fill in the missing words.
    fill in the blanks (=to give or learn information that is needed in order to understand something properly): We know roughly how the system works, but Brian is here to fill in the blanks.
  2. 2
    [transitive] same as fill1 (sense 3)
    The stream is now partly filled in with weeds.
  3. 3
    [transitive]fill someone in informal to give someone details about something
    My secretary will fill you in on the details.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to do someones job for them while they are away
    fill in for: I’m filling in for the receptionist at the moment.
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