satisfy

verb
sat·​is·​fy | \ ˈsa-təs-ˌfī How to pronounce satisfy (audio) \
satisfied; satisfying

Definition of satisfy

transitive verb

1a : to carry out the terms of (something, such as a contract) : discharge
b : to meet a financial obligation to
2 : to make reparation to (an injured party) : indemnify
3a : to make happy : please
b : to gratify to the full : appease
4a : convince
b : to put an end to (doubt or uncertainty) : dispel
5a : to conform to (specifications) : be adequate to (an end in view)
b : to make true by fulfilling a condition values that satisfy an equation satisfy a hypothesis

intransitive verb

: to be adequate : suffice also : please

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Synonyms for satisfy

Synonyms

assuage, quench, sate, satiate, slake

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pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred. paid their bills compensate implies a making up for services rendered. an attorney well compensated for her services remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for. promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law. all creditors will be satisfied in full reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit. reimbursed employees for expenses indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare. indemnified the families of the dead miners repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount. repay a favor with a favor recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward. passengers were recompensed for the delay

Examples of satisfy in a Sentence

Nothing satisfies her so much as doing a good job. The movie's ending failed to satisfy audiences. His curiosity was satisfied by their explanation. They have satisfied themselves that the story is only a rumor.
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The players' attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, charges that the 28 players clearly satisfy these prongs. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "USWNT's Class Certification Filing and What it Means for Case vs. U.S. Soccer," 13 Sep. 2019 At any point a licensee can opt to withdraw from direct negotiations and seek a license from the PRO, including tactical litigation if the PRO terms do not satisfy the potential licensee. Ed Christman, Billboard, "All Over the Map: Publishers, Writers, Small Towns & Apartment Owners Weigh In On Consent Decree Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 An appellate court ruled that those reasons satisfied the law. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida guardianship laws weakened by elder law attorneys’ lobbying. For some courts, exceptions have become the rule | Special report," 30 Aug. 2019 The trick to a healthy late-night snack is to choose one that's filling enough to satisfy, but light enough to prevent a calorie surplus, which can lead to unwanted weight gain. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Healthy Late-Night Snacks," 3 July 2019 After all, a 15-minute video isn’t nearly enough to satisfy me. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "On E3’s Final Day, What’s Old Is New Again," 14 June 2019 The explanation, though, did not satisfy reporters. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event," 17 Aug. 2018 These official Apple cases come in satisfying colors of buttery leather, with aluminum buttons that match the case as well as a microfiber lining to protect your iPhone. CNN Money, "Protect your iPhone 11 with these stylish and rugged cases," 16 Sep. 2019 Paired with corn and zucchini, the chiles turn a frittata into a meal that’s as satisfying at dinner as at brunch. Los Angeles Times, "Hatch chiles are here! They’re tastiest in our top 5 Hatch chile recipes," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of satisfy

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for satisfy

Middle English satisfien, from Anglo-French satisfier, modification of Latin satisfacere, from satis enough + facere to do, make — more at sad, do

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satisfy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of satisfy

: to cause (someone) to be happy or pleased
: to provide, do, or have what is required by (someone or something)
formal : to cause (someone) to believe that something is true

satisfy

verb
sat·​is·​fy | \ ˈsa-təs-ˌfī How to pronounce satisfy (audio) \
satisfied; satisfying

Kids Definition of satisfy

1 : to make happy or contented Everyone was satisfied with the compromise.
2 : to meet the needs of The meal satisfied our hunger.
3 : convince We are satisfied the story is true.
4 : to do what has been agreed upon The contract has been satisfied.

satisfy

transitive verb
sat·​is·​fy
satisfied; satisfying

Legal Definition of satisfy

1a : to carry out the terms or obligation of (as by payment of money) refused to satisfy the judgment against her satisfy a condition precedent broadly : to cause to be discharged, settled, or paid sought to satisfy his claim against the debtor
b : to meet an obligation to satisfy a creditor
2 : to convince by argument or evidence
3 : to conform to satisfy requirements

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