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fill

verb uk   /fɪl/ us  

fill verb (SPACE)

A2 [I or T] to make or become full; to use empty space: I filled the bucket with water. I could hear the tank filling. She filled most of her time watching TV. figurative Happy sounds filled the room (= could be heard everywhere in the room).C2 [I or T] to put a substance into an empty space: Before painting, fill (in) all the cracks in the plaster. These cakes are filled with cream. figurative The product clearly filled a need/gap in the market. [T] to make someone have a partricular feeling: figurative The thought of it fills me with (= makes me feel) dread. [T] to put a substance into a hole in a tooth to repair it: You should get that cavity filled.
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fill verb (JOB)

C1 [T] to give a job or position to someone: I'm sorry, the job/post/vacancy has already been filled. We would prefer to fill the position with (= give it to) a recent graduate.

fill

noun [U] uk   /fɪl/ us  
someone's fill is as much as they want or can deal with: He took only a few minutes to eat/drink his fill. I'd had my fill of his rude remarks.
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