• WordNet 3.6
    • v fulfill fill or meet a want or need
    • v fulfill put in effect "carry out a task","execute the decision of the people","He actioned the operation"
    • v fulfill meet the requirements or expectations of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fulfill To accomplish or carry into effect, as an intention, promise, or prophecy, a desire, prayer, or requirement, etc.; to complete by performance; to answer the requisitions of; to bring to pass, as a purpose or design; to effectuate. "He will, fulfill the desire of them fear him.""Here Nature seems fulfilled in all her ends.""Servants must their masters' minds fulfill ."
    • Fulfill To fill up; to make full or complete. "Fulfill her week""Suffer thou that the children be fulfilled first, for it is not good to take the bread of children and give to hounds."
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  • Ovid
    “How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.”
  • Coventry Patmore
    Coventry Patmore
    “The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so.”
  • George Eliot
    “The reward of one's duty is the power to fulfill another.”
  • Robert Conklin
    Robert Conklin
    “People want riches; they need fulfillment.”
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
    Jennifer Jason Leigh
    “I love being in therapy. It's just constantly fulfilling for me.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fulfillen, fulfullen, AS. fulfyllan,; ful, full + fyllan, to fill. See Full (a.), and Fill (v. t.)


In literature:

Their object was to see that the Pope fulfilled his obligations promptly.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
We need it for the fulfillment of our own life.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
Strong monarchy had served an invaluable purpose, but that purpose had been fulfilled.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Nothing so certainly weakens a man as a multitude of resolves that he knows he has never fulfilled.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
Why, then, merciful Creator, am I thus selected from so many millions to fulfil so dire a task?
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
This is obviously not to crush native desires, but to organize their harmonious fulfillment.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
During the reign of Napoleon he fulfilled the duties of a citizen and a subject with zeal and fidelity.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
Menelaus, as conqueror, calls upon the Trojans to fulfil the conditions of the challenge.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
God had raised up to Himself witnesses among the people to testify that Messiah was born, that the hope of Israel was fulfilled.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage

In poetry:

He knows the pains his servants feel,
He hears his children cry,
And their best wishes to fulfil,
His grace is ever nigh.
"Psalm 145 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Suppress my shame, subdue my fear,
Arm me with heav'nly zeal,
That I may make thy power appear,
And works of praise fulfil.
"Hymn 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Arise O Lord, fulfill thy grace,
While I thy glory sing;
My God has broke the serpent's teeth,
And death has lost his sting.
"Psalm III: My God, How Many Are My Fears" by Isaac Watts
Arise, O Lord, fulfil thy grace,
While I thy glory sing;
My God has broke the serpent's teeth,
And death has lost his sting.
"Psalm 3" by Isaac Watts
Thou hast inclined this heart of mine
Thy statutes to fulfil;
And thus, till mortal life shall end,
Would I perform thy will.
"Psalm 119 part 3" by Isaac Watts
"But what are dukes and viscounts to
The happiness of all my crew?
The word I gave you I'll fulfil;
It is my duty, and I will.
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Fulfilled by Acts of Kindness.
Instead of swapping genes with microbes genetically related to them, or near them, bacteria seem to be swapping with microbes fulfilling similar roles.
Even when he has done great things, amassed vast amounts of wealth and achieved great fame, he still yearns for more and his soul is not fulfilled.
No man dies with even half of his ambition fulfilĀ­led, say Chazal.
Lady Gaga is now a Disney star, at least for a cameo in a five-minute, animated short film, fulfilling a lifelong dream of hers.
A Dallas ISD investigation has found that the district misapplied federal funds for low-income children by using the money on coaches who didn't fulfill their full-time teaching duties.
" Movie making is extremely fulfilling and extremely difficult," he said.
I began taking piano lessons at age 59, fulfilling a lifelong dream, but 'dropped out' after four years when I realized that I'd never make it to Carnegie Hall unless I devoted two-thirds of the rest of my life to practicing.
Debut of Monmouth's Multipurpose Activity Center fulfills longtime wish.
Notre Dame star Diggins has dreams to fulfill.
Deal fulfills long-held goal of Clark County nonprofit.
It's also part of the company's national push to fulfill prefab 's decades-long promise of modern, efficient, affordable houses for the masses.
In order to fulfill their ideals and challenges, young people are in desperate need of priestly inspiration.
Canfield & Tack Commercial Printing & Fulfillment announced on Tuesday that it is acquiring Dellas Graphics, which is a leading printer in Syracuse.
She may want to work, exercise and have a fulfilling relationship with her partner.

In science:

The next challenge was how to combine three different web graphics languages into a single JavaScript fill that would fulfil our feature list.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
All the required condit ions can be fulfilled in scanning tunnel microscopy .
Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology
In addition, maintenance management at this level is responsible to decide on skills and technologies requirements to improve maintenance effectiveness and efficiency. The tactical level of maintenance management is responsible of the correct assignment of maintenance resources to fulfill the maintenance plan.
Towards an intelligence based conceptual framework for e-maintenance
But at this stage he was not quite sure about the most important principles his novel theory should fulfill.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
Developers of network products are beginning to implement features such as the support of heartbeat monitoring for fault tolerance and specific protocols to deal with streaming, groups and object technologies, to fulfill the needs of specific applications.
Cluster Computing White Paper