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

Because the difference between a non-stop flight and a direct flight could easily be a couple of hundred bucks, Arty had to disappoint her. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 2018 On Twitter, even people who are fans of We Three said they were disappointed by the performance. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Furious ‘America’s Got Talent’ Fans Think We Three Was ‘Robbed’ From the Finals," 13 Sep. 2018 Perhaps inevitably, the post has garnered thousands of comments, many of which are from people who say they're disappointed in the brand's decision to name a color after Cardi. Marci Robin, Allure, "Tom Ford Named a New Boys & Girls Lipstick After Cardi B and It Sparked a Heated Debate on Instagram," 9 Sep. 2018 Either shareholders, or workers and Mr Trump, are going to be disappointed. The Economist, "Why corporate America loves Donald Trump," 24 May 2018 In just under two hours, including one intermission, the clever musical comedy sheds light on each of the successes and sacrifices of the six students who don’t want to disappoint their schools or their parents. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Dunes Summer Theatre stages 'Putnam Spelling Bee'," 11 July 2018 After finishing third in the previous season, Nice will be disappointed to have fallen down the table. SI.com, "West Ham Target Likely to Reject London Stadium Move for Champions League Football," 27 June 2018 In April, Alex Hentges of Dubuque, Iowa, opened up a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, ready to enjoy a chocolatey, peanut buttery treat, only to be disappointed. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Reese's sends care package to a man whose Reese's cup was missing peanut butter," 26 June 2018 Oceanside city officials were disappointed by the failure to dredge this year as much as anyone. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sand buildup at Oceanside harbor beginning to cause problems for boats," 24 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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