dis·sat·is·fy | \-ˌfī \

Definition of dissatisfy 

transitive verb

: to fail to satisfy : displease

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dissatisfy


disaffect, discontent, disgruntle, displease


content, gratify, please, 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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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 The Southern Movement, a broad grass-roots coalition of actors dissatisfied with the Saleh regime’s development policies and Northern political hegemony, has presented a significant challenge to Yemen’s leadership since 2007. Marc Lynch, Washington Post, "Why it won’t be easy to resolve Yemen’s many wars," 26 Jan. 2018 The result, in 2010, voters that were dissatisfied with both parties favored the Republicans by 26 points. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 But a recent public poll found that two-thirds of Californians, including 91 percent of Democrat, are dissatisfied with Trump's job performance. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "'I'm not the same kind of person' as Trump, says Republican he endorsed for California governor | The Sacramento Bee," 23 May 2018 Sentance resigned, or rather was pushed out by a board dissatisfied with his performance, before his initiatives could be fully implemented. Trisha Powell Crain, AL.com, "Alabama schools hiring new superintendent: Who the board might select and why," 20 Apr. 2018 Rauner also has been long dissatisfied with Emanuel for not taking a harsher stand against the Chicago Teachers Union. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Rauner says U.S. border policy splitting families is ‘heartbreaking’," 20 June 2018 In 1794, France abolished slavery, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, and a clique of Harvard undergrads, dissatisfied with the paucity of meat in the College dining hall, roasted a pig. Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz, Town & Country, "Why I Refused to Join One of Harvard's All-Male Final Clubs," 31 Aug. 2016

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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 \
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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