Definition of refill in English:

refill

verb

[with object]
Pronunciation /riːˈfɪl/
  • 1Fill (a container) again.

    ‘she paused and refilled her glass with wine before going on’
    • ‘The Professor paused to refill his tea cup, offering the pot to the others.’
    • ‘Open a nearby hot water faucet and the inlet water valve to refill the tank.’
    • ‘I refrained from refilling the upstairs bowl for three days, hoping that night starvation would do the job.’
    • ‘At noon they passed a small waterfall and stopped briefly to refill their bottles.’
    • ‘Oh well, she thought, as she began to refill the coffee cups.’
    • ‘On his way to refill his glass, Louis saw Roxy flirting with Kenny.’
    • ‘Travellers often buy water at the last minute at the Central station, and some need to refill their containers.’
    • ‘We will also be delighted to refill old baskets and window boxes at very reasonable rates.’
    • ‘He likes to ply me full of whiskey, fill and refill my glass.’
    • ‘Empty the tank, dry the inside surfaces and refill with clean water.’
    • ‘Three families make their way to the town three times a week to refill their tanks.’
    • ‘Some critics have also found it ironic that many people who purchase bottled water end up refilling the containers from a tap.’
    • ‘Dishes were monitored daily for water loss and refilled with distilled water as necessary.’
    • ‘Soak for two hours, then drain and refill with fresh water.’
    • ‘He rose and refilled his mug, and gave a filled one to Nelson.’
    • ‘If one doesn't work, he simply refills his bucket and looks for another that does.’
    • ‘You can get reconditioned and refilled cartridges from some retailers and sometimes from the manufacturer.’
    • ‘A wholesaler refills the containers in my bathroom every six weeks.’
    • ‘I refilled our mugs and returned the pot to the burner.’
    • ‘After the café has quieted down, I get an espresso and sit down with it while I refill the sugar containers.’
    fill, refill, refresh, freshen, replenish, recharge, resupply
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    1. 1.1no object (of a container) become full again.
      ‘the empty pool will rapidly refill from rain and snow’
      • ‘Instead of bar staff having to press and release existing optics twice - allowing time for them to refill with alcohol in between - the new device can hold enough liquid for two measures at any given time.’
      • ‘Overnight, we shut down generators and allow the reservoirs to refill with water, while we import cheap thermal power from the US and Alberta.’
      • ‘Two were eating out of the bowls that refilled so slowly that it was imperceptible, and two were eating out of regular bowls.’
      • ‘In a few minutes hot water tank is empty and refilling from the main tank which is not now refilling and therefore in no danger of overflowing again.’
      • ‘Maybe he could go back to sleep, and not get up until the hot water tank had refilled?’
      • ‘State coffers will soon be refilling (even though not enough to make up for California's 38-billion dollar spendthrift ways).’
      • ‘The aim of CDT is to reduce limb volume and improve shape so that compression garments can be fitted and worn to help prevent the limb refilling.’
      • ‘And now they have refilled up because that water continues to push from the west to the east toward us and pretty much stops right about where you see my camera ending, right about in here.’
      • ‘The lake largely dried up in droughts or in warm summers, refilling from the runoff of melting show.’
      • ‘But the joint filled with fluid and then re-filled after medical staff had drained it.’
      • ‘Bit by bit the surfaces reappeared, cupboards and drawers refilled, and as the job got done the transformation from bombsite to spotless showroom was remarkable and rewarding.’
      • ‘That was soon done, the tank refilled, and then Graham tested it out by taking a well-earned shower.’
      • ‘My cup, though not quite at capacity, is refilling.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, Canny concluded that vessels embolize and refill while xylem-water pressure is in the range of - 0.2 to - 0.6 MPa.’
      • ‘I turned away to spit them out, but every time I did my mouth refilled with more seed pearls.’

noun

Pronunciation /ˈriːfɪl/
  • An act of refilling or a glass that is refilled.

    ‘he proffered his glass for a refill’
    ‘the waitress appeared with refills’
    • ‘Incidentally, it has a 48 litre fuel tank - which should enable you to achieve almost 600 km between refills - unless, of course, you drive the MR 2 to its full potential.’
    • ‘This was some sort of punishment, but I don't know if it was directed towards us or Grandpa, whose glass was empty, with no chance of a refill.’
    • ‘After an hour or so with his head under the bonnet, and various trips to the public toilet for water refills, the radiator was patched up, and we were ready to roll out.’
    • ‘He looked across the pub at the empty booths and raised his glass for a refill.’
    • ‘Deciding on a path, he set his glass on the bar and motioned for a refill.’
    • ‘Anyway, this Professor Butz character has invented an elaborate electronic beer mat that sends out signals when the glass needs a refill.’
    • ‘A crowd of people on the opposite side of the bar were clamouring for refills.’
    • ‘The coziest tables are up the back staircase, where a second bar makes refills easy.’
    • ‘In addition, the service is fast and attentive, leaving no one in our group of 11 waiting for a refill of their glass or plate.’
    • ‘When we have just finished the final bit of our coffee and were still chatting, the waitresses came to clear off the pot, the coffee cups and all of our glasses of iced water without asking if we wanted a refill!’
    • ‘Had I wanted more I could have got a free refill, but I couldn't have managed another mouthful.’
    • ‘She makes the best café au lait in the city and gives refills on milk.’
    • ‘Short speeches, multiple refills and not much to eat saw me sloping off home with a headache as the group split up.’
    • ‘We sit there sometimes, but prefer the front, which is more like a jungle of plants where coffee refills are 10 minutes apart.’
    • ‘Since five or more drinks in one evening qualifies as binge-drinking, the trick is to drink from glasses large enough to get through a bottle of wine in four refills or fewer.’
    • ‘They taste so fresh and clean, and just like the sweet water you get in bottles of mineral water, which perhaps explains why so many people just dip their empty bottles into streams of under trickles coming out of rock faces for a free refill.’
    • ‘Diners will also receive unlimited refills of local beer and soft drinks.’
    • ‘Every time my husband and I dined at The Left Bank, we had wait staff plying the table with baskets of bread, inquiring politely about what condiments we would like with our tea or coffee, and endless refills of our water glasses.’
    • ‘He had been really ‘nice’ to his brother the night before, getting him a whole bunch of refills for his glass of pop while he was playing video games.’
    • ‘The sensitive frat-boy types waiting the tables weren't on top of water refills or timing - there were long delays between courses.’

Pronunciation

refill

Verb/riːˈfɪl/

refill

Noun/ˈriːfɪl/