Definition of fulfilling in US English:



  • Making someone satisfied or happy because of fully developing their character or abilities.

    ‘a fulfilling and rewarding career’
    • ‘People who are economically stable, healthy and happy with fulfilling personal, family and work lives are not the ones who seek readings - at least not very often!’
    • ‘Providing more quality academic resources and urban programs for youth would be a more fulfilling reward.’
    • ‘Med school teaches you how to be a doctor, and we were very focused on having these wonderful, booming, academic, fulfilling careers.’
    • ‘They're also the rewards of truly fulfilling work.’
    • ‘I had worked hard towards what I thought was going to be a rewarding and fulfilling career, but my life had now completely fallen apart.’
    • ‘New members are very welcome - become part of this association whose aim is to help older people have a fulfilling and happy life and which has already over 2,000 members in the West.’
    • ‘Karen says it was a much more satisfying and fulfilling experience.’
    • ‘They are wished fulfilling and happy times while at school.’
    • ‘But having said that, it's obviously a fulfilling, satisfying and fun job for you isn't it?’
    • ‘In an age obsessed with image and celebrity, modern women ponder the question whether they can ‘have it all’ and combine a fulfilling career with a happy personal life.’
    • ‘It's about what a person can tolerate and still have a fulfilling relationship and a happy life.’
    • ‘Working for the Met offers potential officers a fulfilling, diverse and rewarding career.’
    • ‘It has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience, mid I see passion developing in other people.’
    • ‘It's a territory I find very rewarding, very fulfilling, very human.’
    • ‘For most people, these changes are extremely liberating, and marriages that succeed can be much more rewarding and fulfilling than those of the past.’
    • ‘‘The faces filled with gratitude when we attend a call and save a life makes my career more rewarding and fulfilling than any other,’ she says.’
    • ‘For a classical story ballet to truly be a fulfilling experience, the movements have to reveal character; they need to have an underlying motivation.’
    • ‘I found that making her happy was very fulfilling.’
    • ‘I wish him and his new wife, Nichola, all the very best for the future and hope he can soon find a new fulfilling career.’
    • ‘It is an unhappy fact that many people in this group can be destructive if they cannot harness their intellect and passion into both fulfilling relationships and rewarding work.’
    pleasing, gratifying, satisfying, rewarding, cheering, heart-warming
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