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 Get our daily newsletter A psychiatrist who works for the diocese arranges for Alexandre to meet his tormentor, who is still in active ministry, and she is disappointed when the priest fails to use the meeting to seek forgiveness. B.c., The Economist, "Two new films explore the limits of Christian forgiveness," 13 Nov. 2019 Our experts in the Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab, say Dyson vacuums have always performed well in our evaluations, so you won't be disappointed regardless of your pick. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, "Dyson Vacuums Are on Major Sale at Walmart Right Now," 14 Oct. 2019 Consumer advocates said they were disappointed by the lack of proposals for reform. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "IRS-Funded Review Confirms TurboTax Hid Free Filing From Search Engines, but Says There’s No Need for Major Changes," 9 Oct. 2019 Per the Wisconsin State Journal’s Riley Vetterkind, GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin said they were disappointed by the Trump appointee’s comments. cleveland, "Study finds millions in Flyover country could lose health coverage if ACA is nixed: The Flyover," 7 Oct. 2019 Despite her involvement in the show over the years, some fans are disappointed, to say the least, in the choice to include Remini as a judge. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Leah Remini Is Returning to 'Dancing With the Stars' as a Guest Judge, and Fans Aren't Happy," 30 Sep. 2019 And with mani-mavens like Billy Porter, the cast of Euphoria, and Natasha Lyonne expected to be in attendance, the Emmys aren't likely to disappoint. Allure, "The Prettiest Nail Art Celebrities Wore at the 2019 Emmy Awards," 23 Sep. 2019 And the brand's latest crop of designs don't disappoint. CNN Money, "For one day only, save big on your fall wardrobe during Eileen Fisher's sale," 20 Sep. 2019 Hans Johnson, president of East Area Progressive Democrats, said he was disappointed the city did not announce its decision publicly. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale officials abandon plans to expand Scholl Canyon Landfill," 17 Sep. 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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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of disappoint was circa 1513

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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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