fill


fill
1 /fIl/ verb
1 MAKE STH FULL
a) also fill up (T) to put the right amount of a liquid, substance, or material into a container, or put in enough to make it full: I filled a saucepan and put it on the stove. | You've filled the bath too full. | fill sth with: Fill the pots with earth. | fill sth to the brim (=fill something completely)
b) be filled with if a container is filled with something, it has had as much of something as possible put inside it: The next drawer was filled with neat piles of shirts.
2 BECOME FULL also fill up (I) if a place, building, or container fills, it gradually becomes full of people, things, or a particular substance: They opened the doors and the hall quickly started to fill.
(+ with): The trench is filling up with water.
3 NOT LEAVE ANY SPACE (T) if a lot of people or things fill a place, there are so many of them that there seems to be no room for anyone or anything else: Piles of newspapers filled the garage. | be filled with: The streets were filled with cheering crowds.
4 HOLE/CRACK also fill in (T) to put a substance in a hole or crack in order to make a surface smooth again: Fill any cracks in the wall before you paint it.
5 SOUND/SMELL/LIGHT (T) if a sound, smell, or light fills a place or space, you notice it because it is very loud or strong: The smell of freshly baked bread filled the room. | The stage filled with light. | be filled with: The air was filled with the sound of happy children.
6 EMOTIONS (T) if an emotion fills you, you feel it very strongly: A feeling of bliss filled his body. | be filled with: She was filled with a deep contentment.
7 fill a need/demand to give people something they want but which they have not been able to have until now: The program helps fill a growing need among teenagers for practical advice about drugs.
8 (T) if you fill a period of time with a particular activity you use most of your time doing it: Our days were filled with talk and music. | fill sth doing sth: Harry filled his spare time reading and writing to friends.
9 fill yourself informal to eat so much food that you cannot eat any more : fill yourself with: Don't fill yourself up with sweets, we're eating in an hour.
10 fill a job/post/position
a) to do a particular job: Women fill 30% of the senior positions.
b) to accept someone's offer of a job: a shortage of trained secretaries willing to fill permanent office vacancies
11 fill a role be a part of something: Pop music undoubtedly fills an important role in teenagers' lives.
12 fill an order especially AmE to supply the goods requested by a customer
13 fill the bill AmE to have exactly the right qualities;: We needed an experienced reporter and Willis fills the bill.
14 TEETH (T) to put a filling 2 (1) in a tooth
15 SAIL (I, T) if a sail fills or the wind fills a sail, the sail has a rounded shape rather than hanging down loosely
fill in phrasal verb
1 DOCUMENT (transitive fill something in) to write all the necessary information on an official document: Don't forget to fill in your boarding cards.
2 TELL SB NEWS (transitive fill someone in) to tell someone about things which have happened recently, especially because you have not seen them for a long time : fill sb in on sth: Let me fill you in on what's been happening in the office over lunch.
3 CRACK/HOLE (transitive fill something in) to put a substance in a hole or crack in order to make a surface smooth again: filling in the holes in the road
4 fill in time to use your time doing something unimportant, especially when you are waiting for something to happen: We've got some time to fill in before the show. Let's go for a drink.
5 SPACE (transitive fill something in) to paint or draw over the space inside a shape: Somebody had filled in all the `o's' on the page.
6 DO SB'S JOB (I) to do someone's job or work because they are unable to do it : fill in for sb: Sally's off sick. Can you fill in for her for a few days?
7 HIT SB (transitive fill someone in) BrE informal to hit someone hard and repeatedly all over their body: One more crack like that and I'll fill you in.
fill out phrasal verb
1 (transitive fill something out) to write all the necessary information on an official document: You haven't filled out the counterfoil.
2 (I)
a) if your body fills out it becomes rounded or large in a way that is considered attractive: Young Kevin has really filled out in the last six months.
b) a phrase meaning to become fat, used when you do not want to offend someone: I think Eric is filling out around the waist.
fill up phrasal verb
1 MAKE STH FULL (transitive fill something up) to put the right amount of a liquid or substance in a container or enough to make it full: Brad just kept filling up everyone's glasses with champagne.
2 BECOME FULL (I) to gradually become full of people, things, or a substance: The church was filling up with people who had come to pay their respects.
3 DOCUMENT (transitive fill something up) to write all the necessary information on an official document
4 fill (yourself) up informal to eat so much food that you cannot eat any more
(+ with): Don't fill yourself up with too many cookies.
5 STOP SB FEELING HUNGRY (transitive fill someone up) informal food that fills you up makes you feel you have eaten a lot when you have only eaten a small amount: I used to just have a sandwich for lunch, but that doesn't fill me up anymore.
2 noun
1 have your fill of sth to no longer be able to accept an unpleasant situation: I've had my fill of screaming kids for one day.
2 eat/drink your fill to eat or drink as much as you want or need
3 a fill of sth the quantity you need to fill something

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Fill — Fill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Filling}.] [OE. fillen, fullen, AS. fyllan, fr. full full; akin to D. vullen, G. f[ u]llen, Icel. fylla, Sw. fylla, Dan. fylde, Goth. fulljan. See {Full}, a.] 1. To make full; to supply with as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fill — [fil] vt. [ME fillen, fullen < OE fyllan < Gmc * fulljan, to make full < * fulla (> Goth fulls, FULL1) + jan, caus. suffix] 1. a) to put as much as possible into; make full b) to put a considerable quantity of something into [to fill… …   English World dictionary

  • fill up — or[fill it up] or[fill her up] {v. phr.} To fill entirely. (Said by the driver of a car to a gas station attendant). * /When the attendant asked Andrew how much gas he wanted in the tank, Andrew replied, Fill her up. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fill up — or[fill it up] or[fill her up] {v. phr.} To fill entirely. (Said by the driver of a car to a gas station attendant). * /When the attendant asked Andrew how much gas he wanted in the tank, Andrew replied, Fill her up. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fill — ► VERB 1) make or become full. 2) block up (a hole, gap, etc.). 3) appoint a person to hold (a vacant post). 4) hold and perform the duties of (a position or role). 5) occupy (time). ► NOUN (one s fill) ▪ …   English terms dictionary

  • Fill — bezeichnet Fill (Musik), die Ausschmückung eines Musikstückes, FI LL steht für: Lappland (Finnland), ISO 3166 2 Code der finnischen Provinz Fill ist der Familienname folgender Personen Josef Fill (Bürgermeister) (?), Bürgermeister von Zell am See …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Fill — Fill, v. i. 1. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill a cup or glass for drinking. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fill — Fill, n. [AS. fyllo. See {Fill}, v. t.] 1. A full supply, as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction. Ye shall eat your fill. Lev. xxv. 19. [1913 Webster] I ll bear thee hence, where I may weep my fill. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fill — may refer to:*Fill dirt, soil added to an area. *Fill (music), a short segment of instrumental music. *In textiles, the filling yarn is the same as weft, the yarn which is shuttled back and forth across the warp to create a woven fabric. *In… …   Wikipedia

  • FILL — bezeichnet Fill (Musik), die Ausschmückung eines Musikstückes, FI LL steht für: Lappland (Finnland), ISO 3166 2 Code der finnischen Provinz Fill ist der Familienname folgender Personen Peter Fill (* 1982), italienischer Skirennläufer Siehe auch:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fill|er — «FIHL uhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that fills. 2. a thing put in to fill something. A pad of paper for a notebook is a filler. 3. a) a liquid or paste used to coat the pores or cracks of a surface, especially wood, before applying paint,… …   Useful english dictionary


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