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1 to put a complete end to (a physical need or desire)
  • the players satisfied their hunger after the game with a big pasta dinner

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2 to cause (someone) to agree with a belief or course of action by using arguments or earnest requests
  • it took me a while to satisfy my attorney that I had good grounds for a lawsuit

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3 to do what is required by the terms of
  • the contractor had clearly failed to satisfy the terms of the agreement

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4 to give satisfaction to
  • a hot dinner and a relaxing massage never fails to satisfy her after a long week at work

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5 to provide (someone) with a just payment for loss or injury
  • the owners of the restaurant were generously satisfied for any business lost during the filming

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How is the word satisfy distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of satisfy are compensate, indemnify, pay, recompense, reimburse, remunerate, and repay. While all these words mean "to give money or its equivalent in return for something," satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law.

all creditors will be satisfied in full

When would compensate be a good substitute for satisfy?

The words compensate and satisfy are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, compensate implies a making up for services rendered.

an attorney well compensated for her services

When could indemnify be used to replace satisfy?

The synonyms indemnify and satisfy are sometimes interchangeable, but indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare.

indemnified the families of the dead miners

When is it sensible to use pay instead of satisfy?

Although the words pay and satisfy have much in common, pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred.

paid their bills

Where would recompense be a reasonable alternative to satisfy?

While in some cases nearly identical to satisfy, recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward.

passengers were recompensed for the delay

When is reimburse a more appropriate choice than satisfy?

While the synonyms reimburse and satisfy are close in meaning, reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit.

reimbursed employees for expenses

When can remunerate be used instead of satisfy?

The words remunerate and satisfy can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When might repay be a better fit than satisfy?

The meanings of repay and satisfy largely overlap; however, repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount.

repay a favor with a favor

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

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“Satisfy.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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