Definition of satisfy
1a : to carry out the terms of (something, such as a contract) : dischargeb : to meet a financial obligation to
2 : to make reparation to (an injured party) : indemnify
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
satisfyinglyplay \-iŋ-lē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of satisfy from the Web
But even rejecting the new equipment may not satisfy China.
Rustic wood tables, Old Chicago brick, pizza oven, soothing lighting and a generally unobtrusive noise level make for a satisfying sensorial experience.
Good luck satisfying Tigers fans while Nick Saban is still coaching in Tuscaloosa.
Why would Putin be satisfied with some warm words from Trump but no real deliverables?
The nine-story Jackson County Detention Center opened in 1984 to satisfy a judge’s demands that the county take better care of prisoners.
Even without a formal decision on the Paris deal, Trump has moved to dismantle environmental policies seen critical for the U.S. to satisfy its pledge.
Any UAB student or late-night denizen will tell you Al's Deli, open 24/7, will satisfy that craving morning, noon, or night.
But sometimes quickies are enough to satisfy both parties.
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Synonym Discussion of satisfy
SATISFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of satisfy for English Language Learners
: 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
SATISFY Defined for Kids
Definition of satisfy for Students
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.
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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