verb (fulfils, fulfilling, fulfilled)
- 1Achieve or realize (something desired, promised, or predicted): he wouldn’t be able to fulfil his ambition to visit NaplesMore example sentences
- By destroying trees and killing animals man may be able to fulfill his short-term desires, but he was causing a few irreversible problems in the long run.
- April suddenly felt her desire to fulfill her oath to Zoe redouble.
- For if I desire to know the principles of natural things, as soon as I know them this desire is fulfilled and brought to an end.
- 1.1 (fulfil oneself) Gain happiness or satisfaction by achieving one’s potential: arts grants go to young people who say they wish to fulfil themselvesMore example sentences
- Stevens wrote that the poet ‘fulfills himself only as he sees his imagination become the light in the minds of others.’
- Anyone who tells students that there is only one way is putting them ‘into emotional corsets' and preventing them from fulfilling themselves.
- When he left the game at 26, he left behind the idea that he had not fulfilled himself, that he had somehow not been true to his talent.
- 1.2 • archaic Complete (a period of time or piece of work): friends whose ill-timed speed fulfilled my soon-repented deedMore example sentences
- Nelson has served as poet laureate for four years, with one-year remaining to fulfill her term.
- This difference in initial age strata was necessary because most 19 year old males in Sweden fulfill a year of compulsory military service.
- Then when they are about to fulfill their term appointed, either take them back in good manner or part with them in good manner.
- 2Carry out (a duty or role) as required, promised, or expected: some officials were dismissed because they could not fulfil their dutiesMore example sentences
- The Greek cities considered their king as their benefactor, while he himself felt a duty to fulfil this role.
- When will the minister fulfil his duty and carry out the health studies required by law?
- Every member of the household was expected to carry out and fulfil their role, so I very much doubt for the poorer classes of society then, that they had the time to get bored, let alone to think.
- 2.1Satisfy or meet (a requirement, condition, or need): goods must fulfil three basic conditionsMore example sentences
- We have tested our products in heavy field conditions in order to fulfil the high requirements of the Finnish Defense Forces.
- This headquarters is rapidly deployable with the capability to meet any mission and fulfill the requirements of the joint force commander.
- Under church law, he tells me, human sexual practice must fulfill two conditions.
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- The first part of the ethic discussed by Weber is the Lutheran notion of the ‘calling’, in which worldly avocations were considered God created and therefore ‘fulfillable in a spirit of worship’.
- If the demands are comprehensible and fulfillable, fear may drive people to comply.
- And, for the most part, those dreams were both fulfillable and fulfilled.
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- But their inscription of the working class as the inheritors and fulfillers of the national destiny had a pervasive effect on Australian historiography.
- The manual assignment of tasks to one fulfiller in a group of fulfillers may cause additional delays.
- If he thought of it at all, he considered himself a fulfiller of God's judgement, a vessel of wrath to be emptied upon the souls of the unrighteous.