Definition of refill in English:

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Pronunciation: /riːˈfɪl/
[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.
1.1 [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: /ˈriːfɪl/
An act of refilling or a glass that is refilled: he proffered his glass for a refill the waitress appeared with refills
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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.



Pronunciation: /riːˈfɪləb(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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