fill collocations and examples

 UK /fɪl/

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1

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.
2

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.
3

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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