from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bring into actuality; effect: fulfilled their promises.
- transitive v. To carry out (an order, for example).
- transitive v. To measure up to; satisfy. See Synonyms at perform, satisfy.
- transitive v. To bring to an end; complete.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.
- v. To satisfy, carry out, bring to completion (an obligation, a requirement, etc.).
- v. To emotionally or artistically satisfy; to develop one's gifts to the fullest.
- v. To obey, follow, comply with (a rule, requirement etc.).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fill up; to make full or complete.
- transitive v. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put in effect
- v. fill or meet a want or need
- v. meet the requirements or expectations of
Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan : full, full; see full1 + fyllan, to fill; see fill.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan ("to fill full"), corresponding to full- + fill. (Wiktionary)