ful·fill also ful·fil (fl-fĭl)
tr.v. ful·filled, ful·fill·ing, ful·fills also ful·fils
1. To bring into actuality; effect or make real: fulfilled their promises; fulfilled her dream.
2. To do, perform, or obey (a task or order, for example); carry out.
3. To meet (a requirement or condition); satisfy. See Synonyms at satisfy.
[Middle English fulfillen, from Old English fullfyllan : full, full; see FULL1 + fyllan, to fill; see FILL.]
ful·fillment, ful·filment n.
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