fulfil ful‧fil [fʊlˈfɪl] , fulfill verb fulfilled PTandPP fulfilling PRESPART [transitive]
1. if a hope, promise etc is fulfilled, the thing that you had hoped for, promised etc happens or is done:

• Our aim is to fulfill our clients' wishes as efficiently as possible.

• She is striving to fulfil her ambition to be a fashion designer.

2. fulfil an order MARKETING MANUFACTURING to supply the things that have been ordered:

• a UK company that acquires goods from a Belgian supplier to fulfil an order from a German customer

3. fulfil a contract LAW to do the things that a contract says you must do:

• The seller can fulfil his contract only by delivery of 500 tons of grain from the specified cargo.

• The company is struggling to fulfill its contracts.

4. fulfil a condition/​specification/​requirement etc COMMERCE to reach a standard that is necessary, especially one that has been officially decided:

• Much of the electrical equipment failed to fulfill safety requirements.

• The rental contract sets out the conditions which the tenant is required to fulfil.

5. fulfil a need/​requirement COMMERCE to provide something that someone needs:

• The service will run initially for three months but may become permanent if it fulfils a need.

• It is essential that the agency only sends us applicants who fulfil our requirements.

6. fulfil a role/​function/​duty etc to do the things a person, organization, or machine must do or is expected to do:

• He fulfilled his role as manager very effectively.

• Robots fulfil many dull and tedious jobs on the production line.

7. fulfil an aim/​objective/​goal etc to achieve what you were hoping to do:

• The managers must decide on the policies and priorities that help the company to fulfil its aims.

• There are major goals which businesses fulfill such as maximising the return on capital.

8. if your work fulfils you, it makes you feel satisfied because you are using all your skills or qualities:

• I have rarely seen a person so fulfilled by his work.

— fulfilled adjective :

• I'm sure I'd feel more fulfilled if I had a job that involved working with people.

— fulfilling adjective :

• Being a doctor must be very fulfilling.

9. fulfil your potential HUMAN RESOURCES to be as successful as you could possibly be:

• We are confident that the new sales manager will fulfil his potential.

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fulfil UK US (-ll) UK (US fulfill) /fʊlˈfɪl/ verb [T]
to do something that is necessary, or to cause it to happen: fulfil a contract »

We're suing our suppliers for failing to fulfil their contract.

fulfil a duty/an obligation/a promise »

It is vital that we fulfil our obligations to creditors.

fulfil the terms/conditions/requirements »

They claimed that the goods did not fulfil the terms of the agreement.

fulfil a need »

The new product has been thoroughly researched and will definitely fulfil a need that customers have expressed.

to do something that is expected, hoped for, or promised, or to cause it to happen: fulfil your potential/promise »

He enjoys seeing his staff fulfil their potential.


Some of my shares have yet to fulfil their promise.

fulfil an aim/objective »

She felt that she had failed to fulfil her objectives for the year.

COMMERCE to supply what has been ordered: »

fulfil an order


Orders are fulfilled on a first-come-first-served basis.

to have a particular purpose: »

fulfil a role/function


Outsourcing primarily fulfils the function of lowering cost levels.

to satisfy someone or make them happy: »

I'm looking for work that will fulfil me.

fulfil yourself »

He felt that he had been able to fulfil himself in his career.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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