dis·​ap·​point | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpȯint How to pronounce disappoint (audio) \
disappointed; disappointing; disappoints

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

Bieber didn’t disappoint with the follow-up either. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber’s Stylist on That Alexander Wang Thong Dress at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Naturally, her beauty look didn't disappoint either. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Tiffany Haddish Just Made History as the Only Person in History to Pull Off a Fedora," 7 May 2019 Straight up, Paula Abdul did not disappoint last night at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Paula Abdul’s 2019 Billboard Music Awards Outfit Has Twitter Hardcore Fangirling," 2 May 2019 This followed a meeting in February in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and Mr. Kim that disappointed both... Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un to Visit Putin as Ties With U.S. Fray," 18 Apr. 2019 But instead of being disappointed, Jaffee encouraged me to practice a little self-love. Gia Miller, SELF, "Hiring a Coach for My ADHD Transformed My Life and Productivity," 27 Mar. 2019 Everything is back to normal with Knicks basketball: Fans are disappointed. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Knicks fans were so disappointed their team drafted Kevin Knox at No. 9," 21 June 2018 The experience often disappoints even in games that do, to be frank. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD: Next-gen Radeon 'Navi' GPUs won't have a multi-chip design like Ryzen Threadripper," 14 June 2018 Not being able to get someone in or disappointing someone. Daina Saleh, Naperville Sun, "Down to Business: Hair product company offers items for whole family," 11 May 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 How to pronounce disappoint (audio) \
disappointed; disappointing

Kids Definition of disappoint

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

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