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fulfil

verb [T] (-ll) UK (US fulfill)
 
 
/fʊlˈfɪl/
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.
(Definition of fulfil from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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