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

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 They’ve been dissatisfied with the state of the country for 20 years, but for the most part the campaign season hasn’t been focused on solutions to customary longstanding problems. Nate Cohn, New York Times, 4 May 2024 The axis of upheaval represents a new center of gravity, a group that other countries dissatisfied with the existing order can turn to. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 Sellers provide a refund with no questions asked if a customer is dissatisfied with a purchase. Claire Fu, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2024 In a winner-take-all race with so many undecided voters, Hill hopes to capture just enough voters dissatisfied with the status quo of the party machine. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2024 Richland Hills residents, dissatisfied with their transit services, ditched Trinity Metro a few years later. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 Feb. 2024 Either way, a victory by the leading candidates would leave most of the nation dissatisfied, according to the data. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 That’s compared with 54% who’d be enthusiastic/satisfied if Haley is the GOP nominee, and 43% who’d be dissatisfied/upset. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2024 Revolutions are often imagined as spontaneous popular upheavals, but these uprisings began with local elites dissatisfied with centralized control. Maurizio Isabella, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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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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