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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: fulfill /fʊlˈfɪl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfulfill
he/she/itfulfills
 
  1. 1
    to do a particular job or have a particular purpose
    fulfill a function/role/purpose:

    The church fulfills a necessary role in this town.

    We know which part of the human brain fulfills this function.

    1. a.
      to reach a particular standard or have the qualities that are necessary for something
      fulfill requirements/criteria:

      Several of the applicants do not fulfill the entry requirements for the course.

      fulfill conditions:

      Aid is dependent on certain political conditions being fulfilled.

  2. 2
    to achieve something that you wanted to do, or get something you hoped for
    fulfill a dream/ambition:

    The trip fulfilled a long-cherished dream.

    fulfill an aim/objective:

    They hope to fulfill their objectives by 2004.

    fulfill someone's expectations (=be as good as they expect):

    Supporters feel that the team has not fulfilled their expectations.

  3. 3
    to do what you must do, for example as part of a job
    fulfill an obligation/duty/commitment:

    Landlords who refuse to fulfill their obligations may be fined.

    1. a.
      to do what you have said you will do
      fulfill a promise/pledge:

      The government has failed to fulfill its election promises.

      Sadly, this pledge was never fulfilled.

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