The verb fulfill means to fill a need or want. To fulfill yourself personally means to follow your inner passion, like flute-playing, no matter who thinks it's silly.

Fulfill can also mean to meet expectations, or live up to a standard. If you fulfill your teacher's requirement of good behavior and good test scores, she'll give you a star. Finally, fulfill can mean to put into effect, or carry out. You'll fulfill the cookie orders when you deliver boxes of those tasty treats to the people who bought them.

Definitions of fulfill
  1. verb
    fill or meet a want or need
    synonyms: fill, fulfil, meet, satisfy
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    be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
    appease, quell, stay
    overcome or allay
    feed on, feed upon
    be sustained by
    allay, assuage, quench, slake
    satisfy (thirst)
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    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  2. verb
    meet the requirements or expectations of
    synonyms: fulfil, live up to, satisfy
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    fall short of
    fail to satisfy, as of expectations, for example
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    answer, do, serve, suffice
    be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
    provide for
    bridge over, keep going, tide over
    suffice for a period between two points
    go a long way
    suffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent
    function, serve
    serve a purpose, role, or function
    measure up, qualify
    prove capable or fit; meet requirements
    go around
    be sufficient
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    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
  3. verb
    put in effect
    synonyms: accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil
    carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through
    pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
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    get over
    to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end
    carry out
    make perfect; bring to perfection
    fulfill sexually
    do, perform
    get (something) done
    complete, discharge, dispatch
    complete or carry out
    perform better or achieve a greater degree of success than expected
    accomplish by rotating
    underachieve, underperform
    perform less well or with less success than expected
    do wrongly or improperly
    do one's best, give full measure, give one's best, go all out
    perform a task as well as possible
    apply oneself diligently
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    complete, finish
    come or bring to a finish or an end
    effect, effectuate, set up
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