Fully vs Fulfill - What's the difference?

fully | fulfill |

As an adverb fully

is in a full manner; without lack or defect.

As a verb fulfill is

(archaic) to fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.




  • In a full manner; without lack or defect.
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  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.}}
  • In a full degree; to a full extent.
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  • The lobule margins, furthermore, are arched away from the lobe, with the consequence that (when fully inflated) the abaxial leaf surface forms the interior lining of the lobule.
  • As a minimum; at least.
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  • , passage=In polling by the Pew Research Center in November 2008, fully half the respondents thought the two parties would cooperate more in the coming year, versus only 36 percent who thought the climate would grow more adversarial.}}


    * (in a full manner) * (to a full extent) (undifferentiated synonyms) * completely * entirely * maturely * plentifully * abundantly * plenteously * copiously * largely * amply * sufficiently * perfectly



    Alternative forms

    * (UK)


    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.
  • To satisfy, carry out, bring to completion (an obligation, a requirement, etc.).
  • To emotionally or artistically satisfy; to develop one's gifts to the fullest.
  • To obey, follow, comply with (a rule, requirement etc.).
  • Derived terms

    * fulfilled * fulfilling * fulfillable * fulfillment