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, gladden, gratify, please, 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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The new prequel didn’t satisfy too many fans, who gave it a score of 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. Randall Roberts,, "Box office: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' skitters to the top, 'Incredibles 2' leaps past $500 million," 8 July 2018 That’s great, but not vegetarian, and won’t satisfy my doctor’s mandate to cut out red meat. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 That didn't satisfy Earl McWilliams, who said the closest monitors to measure air quality were located in Providence and Hartford. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Not All Questions, Concerns Addressed At NTE Project Meeting," 2 July 2018 Compromises would not have satisfied the Jardines and Mathesons, and the likelihood that no British government would ever have decided that violence was its least bad option seems vanishingly small. Ian Morris, New York Times, "The Opium War and the Humiliation of China," 2 July 2018 Though Ballard was the only bidder at a bankruptcy auction this week, its offer did not satisfy M&T Bank, which is owed $7 million. Michael Klein,, "Jose Garces offers to add his own cash to sweeten sale of his restaurants," 28 June 2018 But that hasn't satisfied a handful of Republican senators. Seung Min Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "7 questions about the family-separation policy, answered," 20 June 2018 Rarely in recent memory has a state superintendent blocked an appointment, unless the candidate did not satisfy the legal requirements, including the number of years of teaching and the number of academic credits obtained. Liz Bowie,, "Letters reveal Baltimore County school board members' attempts to block White's appointment as superintendent," 15 June 2018 But those changes won’t satisfy some critics, such as Jarlskog. Edwin Cartlidge, Scientific American, "The Battle Behind the Periodic Table’s Latest Additions," 13 June 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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