- to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of: His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
- to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate: to be disappointed in love.
- to bring or cause disappointment.
Origin of disappoint
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Examples from the Web for disappoint
Regardless of whom President Obama picks to be his next Attorney General, he is bound to disappoint key segments of his coalition.Obama's No-Win Attorney General Decision
October 10, 2014
And, Scott is never one to disappoint with his runway productions.Miley Cyrus Channels Her Bad Year Into Rave-Kid Art
September 11, 2014
Just like her memoir, Lee Grant does not disappoint when it comes to candor in an interview with The Daily Beast.The Unsinkable Lee Grant Sets the Record Straight
July 23, 2014
So far the signs are that the turnout will disappoint the army.Islamists Boycott Egypt’s Constitutional Vote
January 14, 2014
It developed a reputation as the preferred festival drinking spot for Americans and Australians, and it does not disappoint.My Two-Day Oktoberfest Bender
October 5, 2013
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
- to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
- to prevent the fulfilment of (a plan, intention, etc); frustrate; thwart
Word Origin and History for disappoint
Modern sense of "to frustrate expectations" (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of "fail to keep an appointment." Related: Disappointed; disappointing.