disappoint

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verb 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

Examples of disappoint in a Sentence

  1. The team disappointed its fans.

  2. The show may disappoint some viewers.

  3. The novel disappoints by being predictable and overly long.

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Origin and Etymology of disappoint

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

disappoint Synonyms


DISAPPOINT Defined for English Language Learners

disappoint

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Definition of disappoint for English Language Learners

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


DISAPPOINT Defined for Kids

disappoint

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verb dis·ap·point \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpȯint \

Definition of disappoint for Students

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


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