Definitions for fillfɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to make full; put as much as can be held into:

    to fill a jar with water.

  2. to occupy to the full capacity:

    The crowd filled the hall.

  3. to supply plentifully:

    to fill a house with furniture.

  4. to feed fully; satiate.

  5. to put into a receptacle:

    to fill sand into a pail.

  6. to be plentiful throughout:

    Fish filled the rivers.

  7. to pervade completely:

    The odor filled the room.

  8. to furnish (a vacancy or office) with an occupant.

  9. to occupy and perform the duties of (a position, post, etc.).

  10. to supply the requirements or contents of (an order for goods, a medical prescription, etc.); execute.

  11. to supply (a blank space) with written matter, decorative work, etc.

  12. to meet satisfactorily, as requirements:

    to fill a need.

  13. to stop up or close (a cavity, hole, etc.):

    to fill a tooth.

  14. to insert a filling into (a pastry or other food).

    Category: Cooking

  15. to distend (a sail) by pressure of the wind so as to impart headway to a vessel. to brace (a yard) so that the sail will catch the wind on its after side.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  16. to adulterate:

    to fill soaps with water.

  17. to build up the level of (an area) with earth, stones, etc.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  18. (v.i.)to become full.

  19. to become distended, as sails with the wind.

    Category: Navy

  20. fill in, to supply (missing information). to complete by adding detail, as a design or drawing, or by inserting required information into, as a document or form. to act as a substitute. to fill (a crack, hole, etc.) with some reparative substance. to supply information to:

    Fill us in on your work experience.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. fill out, to complete (a document or form) by supplying required information. to become rounder and fuller, as the human face or figure.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. fill up, to fill completely. to become completely filled.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  23. (n.)a full supply; enough to satisfy want or desire.

  24. a quantity of earth, stones, etc., for building up the level of an area of ground.

    Category: Civil Engineering

    Ref: Compare backfill.

Origin of fill:

bef. 900; ME; OE fyllan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. fill(noun)

    a quantity sufficient to satisfy

    "he ate his fill of potatoes"; "she had heard her fill of gossip"

  2. filling, fill(verb)

    any material that fills a space or container

    "there was not enough fill for the trench"

  3. fill, fill up, make full(verb)

    make full, also in a metaphorical sense

    "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride"

  4. fill, fill up(verb)

    become full

    "The pool slowly filled with water"; "The theater filled up slowly"

  5. occupy, fill(verb)

    occupy the whole of

    "The liquid fills the container"

  6. fill, take, occupy(verb)

    assume, as of positions or roles

    "She took the job as director of development"; "he occupies the position of manager"; "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"

  7. meet, satisfy, fill, fulfill, fulfil(verb)

    fill or meet a want or need

  8. fill(verb)

    appoint someone to (a position or a job)

  9. fill up, fill(verb)

    eat until one is sated

    "He filled up on turkey"

  10. satiate, sate, replete, fill(verb)

    fill to satisfaction

    "I am sated"

  11. fill(verb)

    plug with a substance

    "fill a cavity"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fill(verb)ɪl

    to become or make full

    to fill a glass/bucket/cup; Fill the pie dish with the mixture.; It takes hours for the pool to fill.

  2. fillɪl

    (of a smell, a sound, etc.) to be in every part of an area

    Music/smoke filled the air.

  3. fillɪl

    to give or be given a job

    We're hoping to fill the position immediately.; They're looking for someone to fill the position.

  4. fillɪl

    to block or seal

    Fill the holes with plaster.

  5. fillɪl

    to make feel an emotion very strongly

    I was filled with terror.

  6. fillɪl

    to provide what is needed

    a training program helping to fill the need for teachers

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fill(noun)

    one of the thills or shafts of a carriage

  2. Fill(adj)

    to make full; to supply with as much as can be held or contained; to put or pour into, till no more can be received; to occupy the whole capacity of

  3. Fill(adj)

    to furnish an abudant supply to; to furnish with as mush as is desired or desirable; to occupy the whole of; to swarm in or overrun

  4. Fill(adj)

    to fill or supply fully with food; to feed; to satisfy

  5. Fill(adj)

    to possess and perform the duties of; to officiate in, as an incumbent; to occupy; to hold; as, a king fills a throne; the president fills the office of chief magistrate; the speaker of the House fills the chair

  6. Fill(adj)

    to supply with an incumbent; as, to fill an office or a vacancy

  7. Fill(adj)

    to press and dilate, as a sail; as, the wind filled the sails

  8. Fill(adj)

    to trim (a yard) so that the wind shall blow on the after side of the sails

  9. Fill(adj)

    to make an embankment in, or raise the level of (a low place), with earth or gravel

  10. Fill(verb)

    to become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind

  11. Fill(verb)

    to fill a cup or glass for drinking

  12. Fill(verb)

    a full supply, as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fill' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2995

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fill' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1192

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fill' in Verbs Frequency: #209

Translations for fill

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to put (something) into (until there is no room for more); to make full

to fill a cupboard with books; The news filled him with joy.

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