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

v fill or meet a want or need

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

v meet the requirements or expectations of

fulfil, live up to, satisfy
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

v put in effect

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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