Definition of refill in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈfil/
[with object]
1Fill (a container) again: she paused and refilled her glass with wine before going on
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  • Travellers often buy water at the last minute at the Central station, and some need to refill their containers.
  • A wholesaler refills the containers in my bathroom every six weeks.
  • Some critics have also found it ironic that many people who purchase bottled water end up refilling the containers from a tap.
1.1Replenish the supply of (medicine called for in a prescription): there’s nothing he can do but refill his Valium prescription
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  • If you need to have prescriptions refilled or supplies, please let your nurse know upon arrival so that these can be filled as soon as possible thus lessening your waiting time.
  • Now that's what I call refilling a prescription!
  • A month or so ago when I tried to refill my prescription and they wouldn't let me, I was told to go see my doctor to get another prescription.
1.2 [no object] (Of a container) become full again: the empty pool will rapidly refill from rain and snow
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  • Bit by bit the surfaces reappeared, cupboards and drawers refilled, and as the job got done the transformation from bombsite to spotless showroom was remarkable and rewarding.
  • That was soon done, the tank refilled, and then Graham tested it out by taking a well-earned shower.
  • Maybe he could go back to sleep, and not get up until the hot water tank had refilled?


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌfil/
1An act of filling a container again: he proffered his glass for a refill
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  • In addition, the service is fast and attentive, leaving no one in our group of 11 waiting for a refill of their glass or plate.
  • Every time my husband and I dined at The Left Bank, we had wait staff plying the table with baskets of bread, inquiring politely about what condiments we would like with our tea or coffee, and endless refills of our water glasses.
  • Anyway, this Professor Butz character has invented an elaborate electronic beer mat that sends out signals when the glass needs a refill.
1.1A replenished supply of medicine called for in a prescription: an oral contraceptive refill was dispensed
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  • But, my refills on a prescription I take regularly ran out, and the pharmacist and my doctor conspired against me by refusing to give me any more of my drugs until I go see the doctor again.
  • You owe me the price of a refill on my Ambien prescription.
  • Compliance was judged to be adequate based upon refill of the iron prescription and the presence of side effects commonly experienced with oral iron therapy.



Pronunciation: /rēˈfiləb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • A waste-minimization program includes litterless lunch programs, double-sided photocopying, reusable mugs and cutlery, blue and grey box recycling and refillable toner and printer cartridges.
  • And importantly from an environmental point of view, the refillable plastic bottles used overseas are the most energy-efficient type of liquid container there is.
  • It also suggests buying long-life or refillable goods, stopping the junk mail that comes through your letterbox, and composting your garden refuse and kitchen peelings.

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Syllabification: re·fill

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