Definition of Fill in

1. Verb. Supply with information on a specific topic. "He filled me in on the latest developments"

Generic synonyms: Inform

2. Verb. Represent the effect of shade or shadow on.
Exact synonyms: Shade
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Paint, Draw
Specialized synonyms: Crosshatch
Derivative terms: Shade, Shading

3. Verb. Be a substitute. "The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet"

4. Verb. Write all the required information onto a form. "Make out a form"

Definition of Fill in

1. Verb. (transitive) To fill; to replace material that is absent or has been removed. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To inform somebody, especially to supply someone missing or missed information. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) To substitute for somebody or something. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To complete a form or questionnaire with requested information. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fill In

fill again
fill in (current term)
fill in the blank
fill material
fill music
fill one's hand
fill or kill
fill or kills
fill out
fill soil
fill someone's shoes
fill the bill
fill up

Literary usage of Fill in

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon by Oregon Supreme Court (1894)
"... that the plaintiff at the time mentioned was engaged in the improvement of Abernethy Avenue, and had partially made a fill in certain lots lying in said ..."

2. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"... held them might fill in any Dime. Sometimes the warrant was to set a prisoner at large, but it woe more frequently for detention in the Bastille. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"... lays down the code for all future French verse, and may be said to fill in French literature a parallel place to held by its prototype in Latin. ..."

4. A Handbook of Greek Sculpture by Ernest Arthur Gardner (1896)
"... it would be possible to fill in this meagre outline with some account of their style and characteristics; but in such a case as this conjecture is worse ..."

5. Permafrost: Second International Conference, July 13-28, 1973 : USSR by Frederick J. Sanger, Peter J. Hyde (1978)
"... seasonal thawing (more than 2 m) or with deep permafrost, and also continuous fill in the sections with ice-rich soil and a thin active layer (to 1 m). ..."

6. Diary of Richard Cocks, Cape-merchant in the English Factory in Japan, 1615 by Richard Cocks, Sir Edward Maunde Thompson (1883)
"As a supplement, to illustrate the diary and to fill in the periods which are wanting therein, I have added in an Appendix a selection from the letters of ..."

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