verb \ˌdis-ə-ˈpint\

: to make (someone) unhappy by not being as good as expected or by not doing something that was hoped for or expected

Full Definition of DISAPPOINT

transitive verb
:  to fail to meet the expectation or hope of :  frustrate <the team disappointed its fans>
intransitive verb
:  to cause disappointment <where the show disappoints most is in the work of the younger generation — John Ashbery>

Examples of DISAPPOINT

  1. The team disappointed its fans.
  2. The show may disappoint some viewers.
  3. The novel disappoints by being predictable and overly long.


Middle English disapointen to dispossess, from Middle French desapointer, from des- dis- + appointer to arrange — more at appoint
First Known Use: 15th century


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