Meaning of “fill” in the English Dictionary

"fill" in British English

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uk /fɪl/ us /fɪl/

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.

More examples

  • On New Year's Eve, thousands of revellers fill Trafalgar Square.
  • The thought of speaking in front of so many people fills me with horror.
  • The setting sun filled the sky with a deep orange glow.
  • The perfume of the roses filled the room.
  • The bath was filling with water.

fillnoun [ U ]

uk /fɪl/ 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 become fuller or full; to use empty space:

[ 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/drink your fill

(Definition of “fill” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fill" in Business English

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fillverb [ T ]

uk /fɪl/ us

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 former state district judge will fill the vacancy created following the CEO's resignation.
He was political editor 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)