v. filled, fill·ing, fills
a. To put something into (a container, for example) to capacity or to a desired level: fill a glass with milk; filled the tub with water.
b. To supply or provide to the fullest extent: filled the mall with new stores.
c. To build up the level of (low-lying land) with material such as earth or gravel.
d. To stop or plug up (an opening, for example).
e. To repair a cavity of (a tooth).
f. To add a foreign substance to (cloth or wood, for example).
a. To flow or move into (a container or area), often to capacity: Water is filling the basement. Fans are filling the stadium.
b. To pervade: Music filled the room.
a. To satiate, as with food and drink: The guests filled themselves with pie.
b. To engage or occupy completely: a song that filled me with nostalgia.
b. To supply what is specified by or required for: fill a prescription; fill an order.
a. To put a person into (a job or position): We filled the job with a new hire.
b. To discharge the duties of; occupy: How long has she filled that post?
6. To cover the surface of (an inexpensive metal) with a layer of precious metal, such as gold.
a. To cause (a sail) to swell.
b. To adjust (a yard) so that wind will cause a sail to swell.
To become full: The basement is filling with water.
1. An amount needed to make full, complete, or satisfied: eat one’s fill.
2. Material for filling a container, cavity, or passage.
a. A built-up piece of land; an embankment.
b. The material, such as earth or gravel, used for this.
1. To write information in (a blank space, as on a form).
2. To write in (information) in a blank space.
3. Informal To provide with information that is essential or newly acquired: I wasn’t there—would you fill me in?
4. To act as a substitute; stand in: an understudy who filled in at the last minute.
1. To complete (a form, for example) by providing required information: carefully filled out the job application.
2. To become or make more fleshy: He filled out after age 35.
To assume someone’s position or duties.
To serve a particular purpose.
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1. (also intr) to make or become full: to fill up a bottle; the bath fills in two minutes.
2. to occupy the whole of: the party filled two floors of the house.
3. to plug (a gap, crevice, cavity, etc)
4. to meet (a requirement or need) satisfactorily
5. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) to cover (a page or blank space) with writing, drawing, etc
6. to hold and perform the duties of (an office or position)
7. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) to appoint or elect an occupant to (an office or position)
8. (Civil Engineering) building trades to build up (ground) with fill
9. (Nautical Terms) (also intr) to swell or cause to swell with wind, as in manoeuvring the sails of a sailing vessel
10. to increase the bulk of by adding an inferior substance
11. (Card Games) poker to complete (a full house, etc) by drawing the cards needed
12. chiefly US and Canadian to put together the necessary materials for (a prescription or order)
13. fill the bill informal to serve or perform adequately
14. (Civil Engineering) material such as gravel, stones, etc, used to bring an area of ground up to a required level
15. one’s fill the quantity needed to satisfy one: to eat your fill.
[Old English fyllan; related to Old Frisian fella, Old Norse fylla, Gothic fulljan, Old High German fullen; see full1, fulfil]
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1. to make full; put as much as can be held into: to fill a jar with water.
2. to occupy to the full capacity: The crowd filled the hall.
3. to supply plentifully: to fill a house with furniture.
4. to feed fully; satiate.
5. to put into a receptacle: to fill sand into a pail.
6. to be plentiful throughout: Fish filled the rivers.
7. to pervade completely: The odor filled the room.
8. to furnish (a vacancy or office) with an occupant.
9. to occupy and perform the duties of (a position, post, etc.).
10. to supply the requirements or contents of (an order for goods, a medical prescription, etc.); execute.
11. to supply (a blank space) with written matter, decorative work, etc.
12. to meet satisfactorily, as requirements: to fill a need.
13. to stop up or close (a cavity, hole, etc.): to fill a tooth.
14. to insert a filling into (a pastry or other food).
a. to distend (a sail) by pressure of the wind so as to impart headway to a vessel.
b. to brace (a yard) so that the sail will catch the wind on its after side.
16. to adulterate: to fill soaps with water.
17. to build up the level of (an area) with earth, stones, etc.
18. to become full.
19. to become distended, as sails with the wind.
a. to supply (missing information).
b. to complete by adding detail, as a design or drawing, or by inserting required information into, as a document or form.
c. to act as a substitute.
d. to fill (a crack, hole, etc.) with some reparative substance.
e. to supply information to: Fill us in on your work experience.
a. to complete (a document or form) by supplying required information.
b. to become rounder and fuller, as the human face or figure.
a. to fill completely.
b. to become completely filled.
23. a full supply; enough to satisfy want or desire.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English fyllan]
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