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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The 26-year-old singer is dealing with major swelling after undergoing liposuction surgery on her stomach and had to cancel several performances, disappointing her fans and leading to criticism. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Cardi B Shows How Swollen Her Feet Get Post-Liposuction: ‘Why Doctors Told Me to Chill’," 11 June 2019 While the Dutch men’s team has mostly disappointed recently, the Leeuwinnen have been capturing the country’s attention since winning the 2017 Euros at home. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "The US is the team to beat at the World Cup, and we get a first look on Tuesday," 10 June 2019 Tamekia Swint wanted to do more than be disappointed about it. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Woman Is Teaching Transracial Parents How To Care For Black Hair," 10 June 2019 Two years later, amid disappointing ticket sales, Norwegian spent $50m ripping out all the Chinese fripperies and moved the ship to Alaskan fjords. The Economist, "What slumping demand for cruises says about Chinese tourists," 8 June 2019 What ensues is an undeniable dance gem from a pair that never disappoints. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "16 Beach Songs You'll Want to Put on Repeat All Summer," 24 May 2019 Never one to disappoint on the red carpet, Lady Gaga had not one, but four total looks at last night's Grammys. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga, Icon Among Us, Wore Lingerie and Fishnets to a Grammys After Party," 11 Feb. 2019 From November 14 to December 30, the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum fills with 12 themed 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos that never fail to disappoint. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Dallas in November 2018," 12 Nov. 2018 Sorry to disappoint, but no, Wind Gap, Missouri, is not a place that can be found on any map. refinery29.com, "Is Sharp Objects' Small, Murderous Town Based On A Real Place?," 6 July 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 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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