dis·​sat·​is·​fy | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsa-təs-ˌfī How to pronounce dissatisfy (audio) \
dissatisfied; dissatisfying; dissatisfies

Definition of dissatisfy

transitive verb

: to fail to satisfy : displease

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Examples of dissatisfy in a Sentence

She was dissatisfied by the poor service. a restaurant serving portions that will not dissatisfy even the heartiest eater
Recent Examples on the Web According to Latinobarómetro, an annual survey, the share of Latin Americans dissatisfied with how democracy works in their country has risen from 52% in 2010 to 71% last year. The Economist, "Nearly a third of Latin Americans want to emigrate," 7 Sep. 2019 Every Bixby phone is also a Google Assistant phone, and users that are dissatisfied with Bixby's capabilities can quickly, easily check out the competition. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s Bixby speaker, announced one year ago today, still hasn’t launched," 9 Aug. 2019 The video appeared to show the actor Kit Harrington, dressed as Jon Snow, apologizing for his lack of dialogue and the generally dissatisfying final season in a rousing speech. David Singer, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can (and Can’t) Fight Back Against Deepfake Videos (Guest Column)," 7 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, dissatisfied consumers quickly took to the comments section under the FTC's announcement. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Equifax users getting ‘nowhere near’ $125 promised after hack, FTC says," 31 July 2019 Both Eastern and Southern African governments are dissatisfied with that result. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Some African countries want to tackle a wildlife taboo. Whether to start selling ivory again," 24 Aug. 2019 But, Johnson's family and the local NAACP were dissatisfied with the conclusion. Ann Zaniewski, USA TODAY, "Michigan officer investigated, suspended after KKK memorabilia found in home," 9 Aug. 2019 But the result may wind up just being a contradictory mess that leaves almost everyone dissatisfied. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "There’s a big problem with Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency," 11 July 2019 Ternan said his clients were dissatisfied that the city staff was trying to lock the Council into a yes or no vote on a specific replacement plan. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "City says plaintiffs dumped deal to end lawsuit over Plano Tomorrow development plan," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of dissatisfy

1656, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dissatisfy was in 1656

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English Language Learners Definition of dissatisfy

: to fail to make (someone) happy or pleased


dis·​sat·​is·​fy | \ di-ˈsa-təs-ˌfī How to pronounce dissatisfy (audio) \
dissatisfied; dissatisfying

Kids Definition of dissatisfy

: to fail to give what is desired or expected : displease He was dissatisfied by the poor service.

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