Meaning of FILL in English



Pronunciation: ' fil

Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fyllan; akin to Old English full full

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1 a : to put into as much as can be held or conveniently contained < fill a cup with water> b : to supply with a full complement <the class is fill ed > c (1) : to cause to swell or billow <wind fill ed the sails> (2) : to trim (a sail) to catch the wind d : to raise the level of with fill < fill ed land> e : to repair the cavities of (teeth) f : to stop up : OBSTRUCT <wreckage fill ed the channel> g : to stop up the interstices, crevices, or pores of (as cloth, wood, or leather) with a foreign substance

2 a : FEED , SATIATE b : SATISFY , FULFILL < fill s all requirements> c : MAKE OUT , COMPLETE ― used with out or in < fill out a form> < fill in the blanks> d : to draw the playing cards necessary to complete (as a straight or flush in poker)

3 a : to occupy the whole of <smoke fill ed the room> b : to spread through <music fill ed the air> c : to make full <a mind fill ed with fantasies>

4 a : to possess and perform the duties of : HOLD < fill an office> b : to place a person in < fill a vacancy>

5 : to supply as directed < fill a prescription>

6 : to cover the surface of with a layer of precious metal

intransitive verb : to become full

– fill one's shoes : to take over one's job, position, or responsibilities

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.