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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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 Trump has offered a dissatisfying response to the bombs sent to figures such as former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and news outlet CNN this week. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump decries “political violence” at rally, then attacks the media and Democrats," 27 Oct. 2018 Eighty-three percent of Democrats are dissatisfied with the gap between the wealthy and the poor, compared with 43 percent of Republicans. Juana Summers, The Seattle Times, "AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see a sharply divided nation," 25 Oct. 2018 Some board members have been dissatisfied with Mr. Kauffman’s performance for some time, according to a person familiar with the matter. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "CEO of Embattled Advertising Company MDC Partners Steps Down," 12 Sep. 2018 Yet more than half of caregivers are dissatisfied with the availability of mental health community services in their loved one's area, and three-quarters feel high emotional stress. Jenny Gold, Woman's Day, "What It's Really Like to Watch Your Sister Spiral Downward Into Psychosis," 8 Jan. 2018 According to the most recent data, only 7% of working men in households earning less than $35,000 report being dissatisfied with their lives. Edward Glaeser, WSJ, "‘Give People Money’ and ‘The War on Normal People’ Review: The Cure for Poverty?," 9 July 2018 Liberty said her clients are dissatisfied that UCI has not acknowledged its failure to act on previous complaints and protect women from Ayala. Teresa Watanabe, latimes.com, "Acclaimed UC Irvine geneticist resigns after committing sexual harassment," 29 June 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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