) an amount of something which is as much as one wants or can bear:we have eaten our fill I’ve had my fill of surprises for one day
2an amount of something which will occupy all the space in a container:a fill of tobacco [mass noun] material, typically loose or compacted, which fills a space, especially in building or engineering work:loose polystyrene fill [mass noun] the action of filling something, especially of shading in a region of a computer graphics display. (in popular music) a short interjected phrase on a particular instrument. 1 [with object] cause (a space or container) to become full or almost full:I filled up the bottle with water the office was filled with reporters block up (a cavity in a tooth) with cement, amalgam, or gold. [no object] become full:Elinor’s eyes filled with tears the dining car filled up [no object]
) fill the fuel tank of a car.
become an overwhelming presence in; pervade:a pungent smell of garlic filled the air cause (someone) to experience a strong emotion or feeling:his presence filled us with foreboding [no object] (of a sail) curve out tautly from its supports as the wind blows into it. (of the wind) blow into (a sail), causing it to curve outwards. 2appoint a person to hold (a vacant post):the board contacted him to say they had already filled the position hold and perform the expected duties of (a post or role):he had filled the post in an acting capacity for some time satisfy or fulfil (a want or need):community land trusts are a way to fill the pressing need for housing 3occupy or take up (a period of time):the next few days were filled with meetings 4
chiefly North American be supplied with the items described in (a prescription or order).
5(in poker) complete (a good hand) by drawing the necessary cards.
1inform someone more fully of a matter:they filled me in on all the latest news from Cambridge 2British informal
, dated hit or punch someone:I filled in a chap and took his money
chiefly British add information to complete a form or other official document:simply fill in the application form and return it to your local branch
2complete a drawing by adding colour or shade to the spaces within an outline:incised letters, filled in with gold 3occupy one’s spare time, typically while waiting for something else to happen:with all the shops to keep you occupied, you’ll have no problem filling in a couple of hours
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