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noun fulfilment pronunciation in British English /fʊlˈfɪlmənt/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a feeling of happiness and satisfaction, especially because you are doing something important or using your abilities

    Being a doctor gives me a real sense of fulfilment.

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  2. 2
    [uncountable] the act of doing or achieving something that is promised or expected
    fulfilment of:

    Is there anything that might interfere with the fulfilment of your duties?

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the act of something happening or being made to happen
    fulfilment of:

    the fulfilment of a prediction/prophecy



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