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disappoint

[dis-uh-point] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of:
His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
2.
to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate:
to be disappointed in love.
verb (used without object)
3.
to bring or cause disappointment.
Origin of disappoint
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Middle French word desappointer. See dis-1, appoint
Related forms
disappointer, noun
Synonyms
1. sadden, disillusion, dishearten, disenchant.
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  • He did not disappoint the hopes of his friends in regard to his fiscal abilities.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • But he had asked her to go to the theatre, and he did not wish to disappoint her.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Of course, Martin had not meant to disappoint her, nor deliberately hurt her.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • They've always wanted a sister to pet; and Aunt Phoebe is hoping you'll not disappoint her.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • I dared not disappoint him by telling him that I loved Charley Osborne.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for disappoint

disappoint

/ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
2.
to prevent the fulfilment of (a plan, intention, etc); frustrate; thwart
Word Origin
C15 (originally meaning: to remove from office): from Old French desapointier; see dis-1, appoint
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Word Origin and History for disappoint
v.

early 15c., "dispossess of appointed office," from Middle French desappointer (14c.) "undo the appointment, remove from office," from des- (see dis-) + appointer "appoint" (see appoint).

Modern sense of "to frustrate expectations" (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of "fail to keep an appointment." Related: Disappointed; disappointing.

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