Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “fill”

fill

verb     /fɪl/
MAKE FULL [I, T] (also fill up) A2 to make a container or space full , or to become full : He filled the bucket with water . I made a drink while the bath was filling. Her eyes filled up with tears when she heard the news .Filling and completing
TAKE SPACE [T] B1 If people or things fill a place , there are a lot of them in it: The streets were filled with tourists . Dark clouds filled the sky .Filling and completing
BE NOTICEABLE [T] B1 If light , sound , or a smell fills a place , you can easily notice it: The smell of smoke filled the room .Filling and completing
fill sb with anger/joy/pride, etc B2 to make someone feel very angry / happy / proud , etc : The thought of losing him filled her with fear .Strong feelings
fill a post/position/vacancy B2 to give someone a new job : They still haven't filled the vacancy .Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
fill a need/gap/demand to provide something that people need or want Filling and completingGiving, providing and supplying
(Definition of fill verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Filling and completing, but you might be interested in these topics from the Full and empty topic area:

Definitions of “fill” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

prenuptial agreement

an official document signed by two people before they get married that says what will happen to their possessions and/or children if they divorce (= officially stop being married)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More