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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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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The first known use of disappoint was circa 1513

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3 Aug 2022

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“Disappoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappoint. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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