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"fulfil" in British English

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fulfilverb [T]

(-ll-) mainly UK (US usually fulfill) uk   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 ​schoolfails if it does not fulfil the needs/​requirements of ​itspupils. At the ​age of 45, she ​finally fulfilled her ambition to ​run a ​marathon. Zoos fulfil an ​important function in the ​protection of ​rarespecies. He has ​failed to fulfil his duties as a ​father. We're ​looking for a very ​specificsort of ​person and this woman ​seems to fulfil all of ​our criteria. So did the ​course fulfil all ​your expectations? We're ​suingoursuppliers for ​failing to fulfil ​theircontract.

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  • fulfil verb [T] (SATISFY)

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

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  • Motherhood fulfilled me.
  • The ​jobpays 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 ​loweringcostlevels.
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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