satisfy


sat·is·fy

verb \ˈsa-təs-ˌfī\

: 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

sat·is·fiedsat·is·fy·ing

Full Definition of SATISFY

transitive verb
1
a :  to carry out the terms of (as a contract) :  discharge
b :  to meet a financial obligation to
2
:  to make reparation to (an injured party) :  indemnify
3
a :  to make happy :  please
b :  to gratify to the full :  appease
4
a :  convince
b :  to put an end to (doubt or uncertainty) :  dispel
5
a :  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>
intransitive verb
:  to be adequate :  suffice; also :  please
sat·is·fy·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of SATISFY

  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 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

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