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"fulfil" in British English

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fulfilverb [T]

(-ll-) mainly UK (US usually fulfill) uk   /fʊlˈfɪl/  us   /fʊlˈfɪl/
  • fulfil verb [T] (MAKE HAPPEN)

C1 to do something that is expected, hoped for, or promised, or to cause it to happen: A school fails if it does not fulfil the needs/requirements of its pupils. At the age of 45, she finally fulfilled her ambition to run a marathon. Zoos fulfil an important function in the protection of rare species. He has failed to fulfil his duties as a father. We're looking for a very specific sort of person and this woman seems to fulfil all of our criteria. So did the course fulfil all your expectations? We're suing our suppliers for failing to fulfil their contract.

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  • fulfil verb [T] (SATISFY)

C2 to satisfy someone or to make someone feel happy: I don't feel that my present way of life really fulfils me. I've finally found a job in which I can fulfil myself (= completely develop my abilities and interests).

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  • Motherhood fulfilled me.
  • The job pays well but it doesn't fulfil me.
  • I'm looking for work that will fulfil me.
  • Spiritually, my way of life didn't fulfil me.
  • Fame and fortune was all well and good but it didn't fulfil me.
(Definition of fulfil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fulfil" in Business English

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fulfilverb [T]

(-ll) UK (US fulfill) uk   us   /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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