sat·​is·​fy | \ˈsa-təs-ˌfī \
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 & Antonyms for satisfy


agree (with), content, delight, feast, gas [slang], glad [archaic], gladden, gratify, please, pleasure, rejoice, suit, warm



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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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Not enough violence to satisfy Arlo Sabian (Patch Darragh), the smug chief of staff, certainly. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'The First Purge:' Interesting ideas drown in a bloodbath," 4 July 2018 With the arrival of July summer heat temperatures, an icy-ingredient refreshing drink recipe makes a perfect substitute to a full menu meal to satisfy waning appetites. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Ice 'harvesting' was an important cold cash industry," 29 June 2018 Their inability to satisfy his curiosity made as big an impression on him as the funeral. Karen Weintraub,, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 By the end of the song’s sole verse, Shinoda has reasserted both his place in the story as well as his ear for satisfying, melodramatic pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Mike Shinoda Asks Not to Be Defined by Loss," 21 June 2018 Their inability to satisfy his curiosity made as big an impression on him as the funeral. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "An anti-aging researcher faces the loss of his inspiration: his 96-year-old father," 20 June 2018 Still, his apparent willingness to continue diplomatic efforts does suggest that Mr. Kim, 34, may be under pressure to satisfy rising expectations in North Korea for economic gains and shake off the painful grip of sanctions. New York Times, "Keeping Summit Hopes Alive Suggests Kim Jong-un May Need a Deal," 26 May 2018 Rather than submit new plans to satisfy the city's concerns, CFT threatened, and followed through on, a lawsuit claiming that the city's actions, in effect, represented a taking of property in violation of state laws. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City and developer agree to set aside lawsuit involving Panda Express at Gasthaus site," 18 Apr. 2018 Trump’s timetable appears dictated not by U.S. security needs but by the need to satisfy a campaign promise before 2018 elections. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump tweet on missile strike underscores the incoherence of his Syria policy | Trudy Rubin," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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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)

: to cause (someone) to believe that something is true


sat·​is·​fy | \ˈsa-təs-ˌfī \
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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