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verb [transitive]     fulfil pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefulfilling
past tensefulfilled
past participlefulfilled
  1. 1
    to do a particular job, or to have a particular purpose
    fulfil a function/role/purpose:

    The church fulfils a necessary role in this town.

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

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  2. 2
    to reach a particular standard, or to have the qualities that are necessary for something
    fulfil requirements/criteria:

    Do you fulfil the entry requirements for the course?

    fulfil conditions:

    Aid is dependent on certain political conditions being fulfilled.

  3. 3
    to achieve something that you wanted to do, or to get something that you hoped for
    fulfil a dream/ambition:

    The journey fulfilled a long-cherished dream.

    fulfil an aim/objective:

    They hope to fulfil their objectives by 2004.

    fulfil someone’s expectations (=be as good as they expect):

    Supporters feel that the team has not fulfilled their expectations.

  4. 4
    to do what you must do, for example as part of a job
    fulfil an obligation/duty/commitment:

    Landlords who refuse to fulfil their obligations may be liable to fines.

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

      The government has failed to fulfil its election promises.

  5. 5
    to make you happy and satisfied because you are using your abilities

    Being a wife and mother doesn’t really fulfil me.

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