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

transitive verb

: to fail to satisfy : displease

Example Sentences

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, 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, 10 May 2020 The survey found 52% of respondents were dissatisfied with the government’s handling of the virus outbreak. Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg.com, 8 May 2020 This small group that was dissatisfied or angry represented just one in 10 Republican primary voters. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 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, 19 June 2019 Jimmy finds this, all of this, completely dissatisfying. EW.com, 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, 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, 8 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 1 Dec. 2022.

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dis·​sat·​is·​fy (ˈ)dis-ˈ(s)at-əs-ˌfī How to pronounce dissatisfy (audio)
: to fail to satisfy : displease

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