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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Refined Kitsch Hair Accessories Rule Simone Rocha can always be relied upon for above-the-neck flourishes—and with passion for hair accessories reaching a fever pitch, the Irish designer did not disappoint. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 The food scene here does not disappoint either–nor does the shopping–with staples from Singapore, like French bistro Saint Pierre, opening their doors in KL. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Heller’s brief speech last week didn’t disappoint members of the DC Project, which works to bring 50 women — one from each state — to the District each year to meet their lawmakers and advocate for gun rights. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "‘The culture’s changed’: Gun rights supporters mark 10 years since landmark ruling toppled D.C. gun ban," 26 June 2018 Intel’s fourth quarter, by the numbers Intel disappointed Wall Street by reporting $5.2 billion in profits, compared to $18.7 billion in revenue. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 We are extremely disappointed by the incident at one of our restaurants and have terminated the manager who does not embody the values of Buffalo Wild Wings. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Michigan Buffalo Wild Wings manager fired for choking drunk man in restaurant," 18 Sep. 2018 Gilbert, still visibly disappointed last month by the decision, said Amazon did not even do a formal scouting trip here. Detroit Free Press, "Donald Trump trade war threatens strong Detroit-Windsor ties," 22 June 2018 But local officials may be disappointed by IDOT’s response. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Lawmaker asks IDOT for emergency funds to help Chicago Heights," 24 May 2018 Little Monsters will be pleased to learn Lady Gaga's turn as Ally in A Star Is Born earned her a Best Actress nomination, but they might be disappointed at the Best Director snub for Bradley Cooper. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Oscars 2019: The Complete List of Nominees," 22 Jan. 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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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