dis·ap·point | \ˌdis-ə-ˈpȯint \

Definition of disappoint 

transitive verb

: to fail to meet the expectation or hope of : frustrate the team disappointed its fans He disappointed his parents with his decision.

intransitive verb

: to fail to meet a hope or expectation : to cause disappointment where the show disappoints most is in the work of the younger generation— John Ashbery

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Synonyms & Antonyms for disappoint


cheat, dissatisfy, fail, let down


content, gratify, satisfy

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Examples of disappoint in a Sentence

The team disappointed its fans. The show may disappoint some viewers. The novel disappoints by being predictable and overly long.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Last year’s matchup did not disappoint, ending 4-3 in favor of New England at Gillette Stadium. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Galaxy of stars await Revolution," 14 July 2018 These waters did not disappoint, especially the two final dives off the coast of the Carolinas, where ROV encountered several unidentifiable creatures. Kelli Bender, ajc, "'Horror' lizardfish and weird unidentifiable creatures found chilling off Carolina coast," 13 July 2018 From staying in the most beautiful suite at the Aria to singing beside stage legend Wayne Newton, Vegas doesn’t disappoint. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 And Reynolds didn’t disappoint the Washington faithful inducing a weak grounder to first from pinch hitter Bryan Holaday before getting a loud ovation. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins snap their longest skid ever against the Nationals with a hitting barrage," 8 July 2018 The boys in Russia didn't disappoint on the drama front, with Harry Kane's second half penalty giving England a deserved lead just before the hour mark. SI.com, "A Nation Erupts: England Penalty Shootout Glory Sends Shockwaves Around the Country," 3 July 2018 This year, on the 2018 red carpet, the style stars certainly did not disappoint, all showing off summertime looks that wowed. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "MTV Movie Awards 2018: See the Best-Dressed Celebs," 17 June 2018 Luckily the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex—that's Kate Middleton and Markle respectively—did not disappoint. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Both Looked Incredible in Pastels at the Queen's Trooping the Color Celebration," 9 June 2018 Like the episode before, this one did not disappoint. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Is Brimming With Exes," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of disappoint

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for disappoint

Middle English disapointen to dispossess, from Middle French desapointer, from des- dis- + appointer to arrange — more at appoint

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English Language Learners Definition of disappoint

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


dis·ap·point | \ˌdi-sə-ˈpȯint \
disappointed; disappointing

Kids Definition of disappoint

: to fail to satisfy the hope or expectation of The team disappointed its fans.

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