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
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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, there remains a kind of patronage system in presidential appointments, whereby the president is obliged to satisfy certain factions of his coalition by choosing certain people. Jay Cost, Washington Examiner, "Biden's Kitchen Cabinet," 31 Dec. 2020 Nationwide, banks are looking for the right balance between high-cost branches and cheaper forms of electronic banking and still satisfy and retain their customers. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Webster Bank will close five branches in Hartford area, including West Hartford, and a total of 16 in Connecticut," 18 Dec. 2020 There is nothing quite like a garden to stimulate and satisfy each of our senses. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How many roses are too many? A somewhat sensible approach," 7 Nov. 2020 Small businesses have been financially struggling during the pandemic, so let one satisfy your taste buds and give a favorite local restaurant a boost. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Voted already? Here are 50 ways to get through the rest of the day," 3 Nov. 2020 And Streams points out that even if a weeklong quarantine looks like overkill to some virologists or health experts, quarantines and disinfection satisfy an emotional need that’s often overlooked. Gregory Barber, Wired, "It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again," 20 Oct. 2020 Furlong must still satisfy conditions laid out by the city, Johnson said, and parts of the project still need the approval of other jurisdictions such as Hennepin County, which must OK plans for access to Penn Avenue, a county road. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Bloomington residents object to proposal to build city's first townhome development in 15 years," 14 Oct. 2020 Experts say the novel trips satisfy frequent fliers' desire for normalcy and give customers the sense of escape. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "‘Flights to nowhere’ are popular. Experts explain the psychology behind the COVID-era concept," 11 Oct. 2020 The app is hoping that will satisfy regulators’ national security concerns by separating it a bit from its Chinese parent company, ByteDance. Washington Post, "The Trump administration cannot prohibit personal communications in the TikTok case, a judge said.," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of satisfy was in the 15th century

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7 Jan 2021

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“Satisfy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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


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.
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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