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verb sat·is·fy \ˈsa-təs-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of satisfy

  • : to cause (someone) to be happy or pleased

  • : to provide, do, or have what is required by (someone or something)

  • : to cause (someone) to believe that something is true

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of satisfy



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to carry out the terms of (as a contract) :  dischargeb :  to meet a financial obligation to

  3. 2 :  to make reparation to (an injured party) :  indemnify

  4. 3a :  to make happy :  pleaseb :  to gratify to the full :  appease

  5. 4a :  convinceb :  to put an end to (doubt or uncertainty) :  dispel

  6. 5a :  to conform to (as specifications) :  be adequate to (an end in view)b :  to make true by fulfilling a condition <values that satisfy an equation> <satisfy a hypothesis>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to be adequate :  suffice; also :  please


play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of satisfy in a sentence

  1. Nothing satisfies her so much as doing a good job.

  2. The movie's ending failed to satisfy audiences.

  3. His curiosity was satisfied by their explanation.

  4. They have satisfied themselves that the story is only a rumor.

Origin and Etymology of satisfy

Middle English satisfien, from Anglo-French satisfier, modification of Latin satisfacere, from satis enough + facere to do, make — more at sad, do

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of satisfy

pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred <paid their bills>. compensate implies a making up for services rendered <an attorney well compensated for her services>. remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for <promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely>. satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law <all creditors will be satisfied in full>. reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit <reimbursed employees for expenses>. indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, or warfare <indemnified the families of the dead miners>. repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount <repay a favor with a favor>. recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward <passengers were recompensed for the delay>.

SATISFY Defined for Kids


verb sat·is·fy \ˈsa-təs-ˌfī\

Definition of satisfy for Students



  1. 1 :  to make happy or contented <Everyone was satisfied with the compromise.>

  2. 2 :  to meet the needs of <The meal satisfied our hunger.>

  3. 3 :  convince <We are satisfied the story is true.>

  4. 4 :  to do what has been agreed upon <The contract has been satisfied.>

Law Dictionary


transitive verb sat·is·fy

Legal Definition of satisfy



  1. 1a :  to carry out the terms or obligation of (as by payment of money) <refused to satisfy the judgment against her> <satisfy a condition precedent>; broadly :  to cause to be discharged, settled, or paid <sought to satisfy his claim against the debtor> b :  to meet an obligation to <satisfy a creditor>

  2. 2 :  to convince by argument or evidence

  3. 3 :  to conform to <satisfy requirements>

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