Definition of unfulfilled in English:



  • 1Not carried out or brought to completion.

    ‘it was his unfulfilled ambition to write’
    • ‘Denise has always had an unfulfilled desire to return to her homeland which she left in 1976, aged seven, to emigrate to Blackburn with her family.’
    • ‘Two of my many still unfulfilled ambitions are to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and to swim with dolphins.’
    • ‘He has, in all probability, just one chance to achieve the single ambition that remains unfulfilled in his hard-working career.’
    • ‘Given his unfulfilled ambition to construct a biology of the mind, Freud would have approved.’
    • ‘Then I thought some more about the emotions brought about by an unfulfilled dream.’
    • ‘Curiously, her mother never saw it either and died at a ripe old age with that particular ambition unfulfilled.’
    • ‘So the devil can offer us nothing but empty promises and unfulfilled desires.’
    • ‘There is no harder burden to carry than an unfulfilled potential.’
    • ‘But there will be no unfulfilled desires, and this blessedness will never end.’
    • ‘For many the New Year promises another opportunity to realise unfulfilled ambitions.’
    • ‘But if he has any regrets, he adds, it relates to unfulfilled ambitions.’
    • ‘He does have one ambition yet unfulfilled, and that is to go around the world, including going across Canada by train.’
    • ‘One of his unfulfilled ambitions is to write a scientific book on a particular forest and its inhabitants as well as write a book on wildlife photography.’
    • ‘Her only ambition that remains unfulfilled is to go to university.’
    • ‘Frustration often points to unfulfilled desire, to some sort of lack or emptiness.’
    • ‘The men horrified me, the way they seemed to be living unfulfilled ambitions through their sons.’
    • ‘Compound that with my unfulfilled desire to just be done with it and I was a jumble of nerves.’
    • ‘And so I still had a secret, unfulfilled desire to see how the other half live.’
    • ‘To do so is to embrace an agonistic romanticism of perpetually unfulfilled longing and desire.’
    • ‘The result is a portrait haunted by longing and unfulfilled desire.’
    uncompleted, incomplete, unfinished, undone, half-done, unperformed, unexecuted, undeveloped, unfulfilled, neglected
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    1. 1.1Not having fully utilized or exploited one's abilities or character.
      ‘I was restless and unfulfilled’
      • ‘Women unable to have children of their own are often left with a terrible sense of being unfulfilled, as if their lives are incomplete.’
      • ‘His life as a banker was comfortable yet unfulfilled.’
      • ‘If people are unfulfilled and unhappy that carries over in the quality of their work.’
      • ‘All the characters in Things You Can Tell are lonely and unfulfilled.’
      • ‘I reflected on the pointlessness of working in the job that I do, and found that I am completely and utterly unfulfilled.’
      • ‘Having asked only a handful of the questions I had planned, I felt disappointed, unsatisfied and unfulfilled.’
      • ‘First of all, I don't believe the characterization of being unfulfilled.’
      dormant, quiescent, inactive, untapped, unused
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