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 After all that buildup, Levi’s Stadium was disappointing in a dozen ways. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "History of the 49ers," 30 Jan. 2020 Yes, the recent holidays were disappointing for the company, but its clothing department wasn’t to blame. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "What Walmart and Target need to do to stay on top in a reshaped retail world," 29 Jan. 2020 The succulent, vaguely pork-y, chewy-but-thin tortillas did not disappoint—and neither did the fillings they were wrapped around. The Bon Appétit Staff, Bon Appétit, "The 24 Restaurants We Couldn’t Stop Talking About in 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 For the Labour Party, the election results were disappointing, capturing 203 seats, compared to 262 in 2017. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Marginalized Communities Fear for Their Future in the U.K. in Wake of 'Ugly' Election Campaign," 14 Dec. 2019 Overall, the lack of progress is disappointing: although spending per pupil in OECD countries has risen by 15% in the past decade, performance in the tests is essentially the same as when the first results appeared in 2000. The Economist, "Gone from Google," 6 Dec. 2019 The box office was disappointing given the genre’s high standards ($657 million). James Hibberd, EW.com, "The Snyder Cut: Everything we know about the other Justice League," 3 Dec. 2019 The turn of events is disappointing for those who have been hoping for one last moment of glory from the Oakland Raiders, which are now down to five final regular season games in existence. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ Gruden says no excuses while making several in wake of ugly loss," 25 Nov. 2019 By the sounds of it, fans will soon be disappointed again — The View will likely have to be put on hold as more witnesses are set to step forward later this week. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Fans Are REALLY Upset With the Latest Big Episode Announcement," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Disappoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappoint. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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