fill collocations and examples

 UK /fɪl/

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when a sound, smell etc is very noticeable

Nouns frequently used as the subject of fill
smells: aroma, fragrance, scent, smellThe smell of fresh flowers filled the air.sounds: birdsong, cries, laughter, sound, whispersRoaring laughter filled the stuffy conference room.light: glow, light, sunlightAn extraordinary blaze of coloured light fills the view.smoke: smokePearl sat up in bed and realised that smoke was filling her room–the house was on fire.

give someone a job or position

Nouns frequently used as the object of fill
position, post, vacancyThere was not much unemployment and it was hard to fill vacancies.

make you feel an emotion strongly

Nouns frequently used after fill with
happiness/positive feelings: admiration, awe, excitement, hope, joy, laughter, wonderOur hearts were filled with admiration for our dear friend.sad feelings: longing, remorse, sadnessMary couldn’t wait to get away, yet now as she recalled the day when she left her home, she was filled with remorse.angry feelings: anger, hate, rageThe play explores the motives of men so filled with rage that they turn their weapons against their own families.fear: dread, fearThat scenario leaves me filled with dread.

Usage note

Fill is usually passive in all of the V+with combinations shown above: I was filled with more hope and optimism than I had felt for a very long time.

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