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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Synonyms & Antonyms for dissatisfy


cheat, disappoint, fail, let down


content, gratify, satisfy

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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

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But the plaintiffs’ attorney, Jack Ternan, said Friday that his clients were dissatisfied with where things stood coming out of that meeting. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Two council members set vote on full repeal of controversial Plano Tomorrow development plan," 19 July 2019 Since 2013, the state, dissatisfied with its scores, has shifted through three standardized-testing modules for elementary- and middle-school students. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, "The Messy Reality of Personalized Learning," 10 July 2019 However, some fans were dissatisfied with the fact that Jaime wasn’t the one to ultimately take Cersei out and instead died comforting her. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Lena Headey Has Some Thoughts on Cersei's Ending in Game of Thrones," 17 June 2019 However, Guardiola must be having to rethink his backline after reports that Otamendi is dissatisfied with life in the north-west, with Atletico lining up a move for the Argentine. SI.com, "6 Positions Manchester City Must Strengthen to Win the Quadruple Next Season," 23 June 2019 Two were installed by boards dissatisfied with the performance of their predecessors. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "More People Named Jeffrey Got Top CEO Jobs Than Women Last Year," 27 June 2019 In Saint Laurent Why Meryl Streep Has Fake Teeth In Big Little Lies That last line sounds like a throwaway line about yet another Big Little Lies woman rebelling against a dissatisfying husband. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Here's Why Madeline Should Be Worried After That Big Little Lies Season 2 Premiere," 10 June 2019 Saturday’s protest in Leiyang was triggered by parents dissatisfied with a government plan to reduce class sizes in public schools, police said. Josh Chin, WSJ, "China Protest Over Cash-Strapped City’s School Plan Turns Violent," 2 Sep. 2018 But that may change since consumers have been dissatisfied with them. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dissatisfy

1656, in the meaning defined above

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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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