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 The balancing act has sometimes left policymakers dissatisfied. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "Why has coronavirus taken such a toll on SF’s Asian American community? Experts perplexed over high death rate," 20 May 2020 Joshua Lott for The New York Times Long dissatisfied with the doctor treating his diabetes, Reginald Relf decided to fight through whatever was causing his nagging cough. John Eligon, New York Times, "Questions of Bias in Covid-19 Treatment Add to the Mourning for Black Families," 10 May 2020 The survey found 52% of respondents were dissatisfied with the government’s handling of the virus outbreak. Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg.com, "Support for Japan’s Abe Slides Amid Doubts Over Virus Handling," 8 May 2020 This small group that was dissatisfied or angry represented just one in 10 Republican primary voters. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, "New Hampshire primary: More Republicans who voted in primary feel greater allegiance to Trump than party," 13 Feb. 2020 In a few cases, companies unhappy with how their drug was graded or dissatisfied with the price have pulled out of the German market. Noam N. Levey, latimes.com, "German patients get the latest drugs for just $11. Can such a model work in the U.S.?," 19 June 2019 Jimmy finds this, all of this, completely dissatisfying. EW.com, "Better Call Saul recap: Kim gets in the game," 14 Apr. 2020 Democrats said that they were dissatisfied with worker protections in the bill, which was written by Republicans, and that the rules on corporate bailouts are too lax. NBC News, "Coronavirus: Massive stimulus bill stalls in Senate as Trump activates National Guard," 23 Mar. 2020 And, as my experience shows, a call that seems successful can later prove dissatisfying — yet there’s no mechanism to retroactively evaluate the call. Sarah Ruth Bates, BostonGlobe.com, "I was unintentionally uninsured, thanks to the Mass. Health Connector," 8 Aug. 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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“Dissatisfy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissatisfy. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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