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verb fill pronunciation in British English /fɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefilling
past tensefilled
past participlefilled
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    fill up

    [transitive] to make something full
    Let me fill your glass.
    Tears filled her eyes.
    Crowds of spectators are expected to fill the streets tonight.
    The hut was filled with thick smoke.
    fill something with something: She filled the bowl with warm water.
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    fill up

    [intransitive] to become full of something
    fill with: The bar was slowly filling with people.
    Katherine’s eyes filled with tears.
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    fill in

    [transitive] to put something into a hole or gap so that the hole or gap no longer exists
    We used cement to fill the cracks.
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    [transitive] if sound, smell, or light fills a place, it is very strong or noticeable
    Brilliant sunlight filled the whole room.
    fill something with something: The air was filled with the scent of roses.
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    [transitive] if something fills you with a particular emotion, you feel that emotion very strongly
    fill someone with something: The sound of his voice filled me with dread.
    His heart was filled with joy.
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    [transitive] if you fill a period of time, you spend it doing something
    She didn’t know how to fill her days.
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    [transitive] to repair a tooth by putting a hard substance into a hole in it
    Most of my teeth have already been filled.
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