Fulfil or Fulfill | Difference & Example Sentences

Fulfil and fulfill are two different spellings of the verb meaning “bring to completion,” “satisfy a requirement,” or “succeed in developing one’s abilities or qualities.”

The spelling tends to vary based on whether you’re writing in UK or US English:

  • In UK English, “fulfil” (one “l”) is standard.
  • In US English, “fulfill” (double “l”) is more common.
Examples: Fulfil and fulfill in a sentence
The presidential aide must fulfil/fulfill a number of important duties.

The protagonist of the film fought to fulfil/fulfill her promise to her mother.

Anthony is looking for a hobby that will fulfil/fulfill him.

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Fulfilment vs. fulfillment

The same spelling distinction carries over to the related noun “fulfilment/fulfillment,” used to refer to the achievement of something.

  • In UK English, “fulfilment” (one “l”) is standard.
  • In US English, “fulfillment” (double “l”) is correct.
Examples: Fulfilment and fulfillment in a sentence
Ana felt a sense of fulfilment/fulfillment when she sold her first painting.

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Other forms of the word

The related words fulfilled and fulfilling are spelled with a double “l” in both UK and US English. “Fulfiled” and “fulfiling” are never correct.

Examples: Other forms of fulfil and fulfill
As of yet, the president has not fulfilled his promise.

Leon does not find his job very fulfilling.

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What is a synonym for fulfill?

Some synonyms and near synonyms of fulfill include:

  • Accomplish
  • Achieve
  • Complete
  • Realize

 

What does “fullfill” mean?

Fulfill is a verb meaning “bring to completion,” “satisfy a requirement,” or “succeed in developing one’s abilities or qualities.”

“Fullfill” is sometimes mistakenly used instead of fulfill. However, “fullfill” is never correct.

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