WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- the act or state of fulfilling:to witness the fulfillment of a dream; to achieve fulfillment of one's hopes.
- the state or quality of being fulfilled;
realization:a vague plan that had no hope of fulfillment.
- Communications, Businessthe process or business of handling and executing customer orders, as packing, shipping, or processing checks.
- fulfill + -ment 1765–75
- to carry out or bring to realization:The dream of a world without war is yet to be fulfilled.
- to perform or do, such as duty;
obey or follow, such as commands:ability to fulfill the job.
- to satisfy (requirements, needs, obligations, etc.):That book will fulfill a long-felt need.
- [~ + oneself] to develop the full potential of (oneself).
- to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
- to perform or do, as duty;
obey or follow, as commands.
- to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.):a book that fulfills a long-felt need.
- to bring to an end;
finish or complete, as a period of time:He felt that life was over when one had fulfilled his threescore years and ten.
- to develop the full potential of (usually used reflexively):She realized that she could never fulfill herself in such work.
- Middle English fulfillen, Old English fulfyllan. See full1, fill bef. 1000
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged accomplish, achieve, complete, realize.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged execute, discharge, observe.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged meet, answer, fill, comply with.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged end, terminate, conclude.