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fulfil

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

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.
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