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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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 Robinhood Chief Executive Vlad Tenev testified that the decision was due to the surge in cash needed to satisfy its clearinghouse obligations, which shot up in light of enormous volatility. Telis Demos, WSJ, "GameStop Hearing Was No Fun for Free-Trading Business Model," 18 Feb. 2021 And because the Big Ten and SEC are feeding first — the former with Fox (presumably) and the latter with ESPN (officially) — there might not be enough left to fully satisfy the Pac-12. Jon Wilner | Bay Area News Group, oregonlive, "There are qualified internal candidates for Pac-12 commissioner, but the politics are thorny," 12 Feb. 2021 At the legendary Henry’s Market in Beverly, celebrating its 80th year, a man named Everett gets up at 3 a.m. to oversee production of enough doughnuts to satisfy my brethren seven days a week. Andrea Capodilupo,, "Our Italian family has made at least 1,000 doughnut runs. We’re obsessed," 12 Feb. 2021 To satisfy his wanderlust, Devin Murphy worked on a series of cruise ships to see the world and learn more about it. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "All Aboard for an Adventure in Inequality," 27 Jan. 2021 The Freeing Energy Project estimated that some 13 million acres, or 21,250 square miles of land, would have to be covered with solar panels to satisfy the U.S., "Tribes want Biden to balance technology and cultural issues in renewable energy projects," 18 Jan. 2021 As No Time to Die has been delayed multiple times due to COVID, Amazon Prime is here to satisfy your 007 needs with the first outing for Daniel Craig as the most famous movie spy of all time. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now," 16 Jan. 2021 His $2,200 social security check is reduced by hundreds of dollars when 15 percent is automatically subtracted to satisfy the judgments, the attorneys wrote. Larry Neumeister, ajc, "Lawyers seek relief for 'broken' convicted philanthropist," 25 Dec. 2020 Whether your party is a fancy intimate gathering, or a cozy night on the couch watching your favorite movie, one or all of these appetizers are sure to satisfy. Meredith Deeds, Star Tribune, "3 flavorful appetizers to help usher in the new year," 25 Dec. 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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24 Feb 2021

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“Satisfy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 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.


transitive verb
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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