sat·isfy [satisfy satisfies satisfied satisfying] BrE [ˈsætɪsfaɪ]
NAmE [ˈsætɪsfaɪ]
verb (sat·is·fies, sat·is·fy·ing, sat·is·fied, sat·is·fied)
1. ~ sb (not used in the progressive tenses) to make sb pleased by doing or giving them what they want
Nothing satisfies him— he's always complaining.
The proposed plan will not satisfy everyone.
2. ~ sth to provide what is wanted, needed or asked for
The food wasn't enough to satisfy his hunger.
to satisfy sb's curiosity
The education system must satisfy the needs of all children.
We cannot satisfy demand for the product.
She failed to satisfy all the requirements for entry to the college.
3. (not used in the progressive tenses) (formal) to make sb certain sth is true or has been done
~ sb Her explanation did not satisfy the teacher.
~ sb of sth People need to be satisfied of the need for a new system.
~ sb/yourself (that)… Once I had satisfied myself (that) it was the right decision, we went ahead.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from Old French satisfier, formed irregularly from Latin satisfacere ‘to content’, from satis ‘enough’ + facere ‘make’.
satisfy verb
1. T (not used in the progressive tenses; often used in negative sentences)
The plans satisfied no one.
please|especially spoken make sb's day|written gratify
It satisfied/pleased/gratified sb that…
You can't satisfy/please everybody/everyone.
Nothing satisfies/pleases sb.
Satisfy or please? Sth that satisfies you is just good enough, but sth might please you very much:
The result pleased us enormously.
 ✗ The result satisfied us enormously.
2. T
She failed to satisfy the requirements for entry to the college.
meet • • serve • • suit|formal, BrE fulfil|AmE fulfill
satisfy/meet/serve/suit/fulfil a requirement/need/purpose
satisfy/meet/suit/fulfil a demand/condition
satisfy/meet/fulfil a/an a standard/sn obligation/the terms/the criteria
3. T (not used in the progressive tenses)
His answer didn't satisfy the jury.
convince • • persuade
satisfy/convince/persuade sb of sth
satisfy/convince/persuade sb that…
satisfy/convince/persuade yourself
Example Bank:
His answer seemed to satisfy her.
Nothing could satisfy his desire for power.
The meal failed to satisfy his hunger.
The owners were unable to satisfy all the demands of the workers.
We could never satisfy all their requests
First people need to be satisfied of the need for a new system.
He nodded, pretending to be satisfied by the answer.
Her explanation didn't satisfy the teacher.
It seemed that no amount of information would satisfy their curiosity.
It was hard to satisfy the demand for the product.
More and more games are produced to satisfy the public's appetite for online entertainment.
Nothing satisfies him— he's always complaining.
Our hunger satisfied, we continued our journey.
She went to satisfy herself that the guests had everything they needed.
The planning policy failed to please/satisfy anyone.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. t.1.In general, to fill up the measure of a want of (a person or a thing); hence, to grafity fully the desire of; to make content; to supply to the full, or so far as to give contentment with what is wished for.
[imp. & p. p. Satisfied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Satisfying .]
Death shall . . . with us two
Be forced to satisfy his ravenous maw.
2.To pay to the extent of claims or deserts; to give what is due to; as, to satisfy a creditor.
3.To answer or discharge, as a claim, debt, legal demand, or the like; to give compensation for; to pay off; to requite; as, to satisfy a claim or an execution.
4.To free from doubt, suspense, or uncertainty; to give assurance to; to set at rest the mind of; to convince; as, to satisfy one's self by inquiry.
The standing evidences of the truth of the gospel are in themselves most firm, solid, and satisfying.
v. i.1.To give satisfaction; to afford gratification; to leave nothing to be desired.
2.To make payment or atonement; to atone.

Search Quotes, Phrases and Definitions with «Satisfy»:



Find a translation for definition "Satisfy" in other languages:

Want to translation into your language always showing? Log in and set your language in your profile
Please, keep in mind it's machine translation (MT), and not a perfect translation. Just help you to understand the meaning.
No comments yet. Be the first to add a comment!