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Meaning of “fill” in the English Dictionary

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fillverb

uk   us   /fɪl/
  • fill verb (SPACE)

A2 [I or T] to make or ​becomefull; to use ​emptyspace: I filled the ​bucket withwater. I could ​hear the ​tank filling. She filled most of her ​timewatching TV.figurative Happy ​sounds filled the ​room (= could be ​heardeverywhere in the ​room).C2 [I or T] to put a ​substance into an ​emptyspace: Before ​painting, fill (in) all the ​cracks in the ​plaster. These ​cakes are filled withcream.figurative The ​productclearly 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 ​recentgraduate.

fillnoun [U]

uk   us   /fɪl/
(Definition of fill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fill" in American English

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fillverb [I/T]

 us   /fɪl/
to make or ​becomefuller or ​full; to use ​emptyspace: [T] I filled the ​bucket. [I] After all that ​rain, the ​reservoirs are ​finally filling. [T] The ​dentist says I need to have four ​teeth filled (= ​treated to ​replace decayed ​material). If a ​product or ​service fills a need, it gives ​people something they ​want. To fill a ​job or ​position is to ​employ someone to do that ​job: [T] I’m ​sorry, the ​position has already been filled.

fillnoun [U]

 us   /fɪl/
an ​amount that is enough: to ​eat/​drinkyour fill
(Definition of fill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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fillverb [T]

uk   us   /fɪl/
to ​employ someone to do a ​job: fill a vacancy/post/position It took us over a ​year to fill that ​vacancy.
to do a ​job: fill a vacancy/post/position A ​formerstatedistrictjudge will fill the ​vacancycreatedfollowing the CEO's ​resignation. He was ​politicaleditor of the Sunday Mirror, then filled the same role at Today ​newspaper.
to ​provide something such as a ​product or ​service that someone ​wants or ​needs: fill a gap/niche The ​theory is that the government's venture-capital ​funds can fill a ​gap in the ​market for start-ups.fill a demand/need A new ​business must fill both a need and a ​demand. Selling something ​people need but don't want is noble but not ​profitable.
to ​supply a ​customer with the ​product or ​service they have ​requested: The ​defence ministry called for ​bids to fill an ​order for 126 fighter jets.
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(Definition of fill from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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