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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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 All-Clad is known as a leading brand for quality cookware, and true to form, its affordable nonstick pan set does not disappoint. Laura Fisher, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Nonstick Pans for Every Type of Home Cook," 31 Mar. 2021 The former Cougar didn’t disappoint at his pro day. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Mock Draft: Trades shake up first round," 29 Mar. 2021 And the reveals, though hardly shocking, rarely disappoint. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Jasmine Roth Dishes on the Reality of Clients’ Budgets on HGTV Shows," 26 Mar. 2021 Thankfully, the Academy didn't disappoint, and with six nominations across the board, Sound of Metal overall had a very good day indeed. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "The most shocking snubs and surprises of the 2021 Oscar nominations," 15 Mar. 2021 The red carpet did not disappoint when celebrities gathered Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "The 10 best-dressed stars at the Grammys, including Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa," 15 Mar. 2021 This could disappoint Canton native C.J. McCollum, the Portland Trailblazer guard who lobbied for Sherman on Twitter. cleveland, "The latest on the Browns and J.J. Watt, Odell Beckham Jr., David Njoku and Richard Sherman: Browns Insider," 14 Feb. 2021 The Grammys red carpet has a history of bold statement looks—remember when Lady Gaga walked the step-and-repeat inside of an egg?—and tonight’s fashion choices certainly did not disappoint on that front. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "These Were the Best Dressed Men at the Grammys," 14 Mar. 2021 Taking into account the seriousness of the accusations, the network considered cancelling the entire drama, but did not want to disappoint fans or hurt staff members and production crew who helped to make the drama. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, "Key East And KBS Respond To Ji Soo Bullying Allegations.," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of disappoint was circa 1513

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“Disappoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappoint. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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