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English noun: fill

1. fill (quantity) a quantity sufficient to satisfy

SamplesHe ate his fill of potatoes.
She had heard her fill of gossip.

Broader (hypernym)enough, sufficiency

2. fill (substance) any material that fills a space or container

SamplesThere was not enough fill for the trench.


Broader (hypernym)material, stuff

Narrower (hyponym)cement

English verb: fill

1. fill (change) make full, also in a metaphorical sense

SamplesFill a container.
Fill the child with pride.

ExamplesThey fill the cart with boxes

Synonymsfill up, make full

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)bolster, brim, charge, clog, clutter, clutter up, complete, deluge, electrify, farce, fill again, flood, heap, impregnate, impregnate, infuse, ink, instill, inundate, lade, laden, line, load, load, load up, lube, lubricate, overfill, overload, pack, pad, populate, prime, refill, replenish, saturate, stuff, stuff, surcharge, swamp, tincture, top off

Causefill, fill up


2. fill (change) become full

SamplesThe pool slowly filled with water.
The theater filled up slowly.

Synonymsfill up

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)flood, rack up, water

Antonymsempty, discharge

3. fill (stative) occupy the whole of

SamplesThe liquid fills the container.

ExamplesThe books fill the box


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)crowd, take up

4. fill (social) assume, as of positions or roles

SamplesShe took the job as director of development.
He occupies the position of manager.
The young prince will soon occupy the throne.

Synonymsoccupy, take

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)do work, work

Verb groupassume, strike, take, take up

5. fill (consumption) fill or meet a want or need

Synonymsfulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Narrower (hyponym)allay, answer, appease, assuage, feed on, feed upon, quell, quench, slake, stay

6. fill (social) appoint someone to (a position or a job)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)employ, engage, hire

7. fill (consumption) eat until one is sated

SamplesHe filled up on turkey.

Synonymsfill up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)eat

8. fill (consumption) fill to satisfaction

SamplesI am sated.

Synonymsreplete, sate, satiate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

Narrower (hyponym)cloy, pall

9. fill (change) plug with a substance

SamplesFill a cavity.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on

Narrower (hyponym)close, fill up

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