- to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of (a person, the mind, etc.); give full contentment to: The hearty meal satisfied him.
- to put an end to (a desire, want, need, etc.) by sufficient or ample provision: The hearty meal satisfied his hunger.
- to give assurance to; convince: to satisfy oneself by investigation.
- to answer sufficiently, as an objection.
- to solve or dispel, as a doubt.
- to discharge fully (a debt, obligation, etc.).
- to make reparation to or for: to satisfy an offended person; to satisfy a wrong.
- to pay (a creditor).
- to fulfill the requirements or conditions of: to satisfy a theorem.
- (of a value of an unknown) to change (an equation) into an identity when substituted for the unknown: x = 2 satisfies 3x = 6.
- to give satisfaction.
Origin of satisfy
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Examples from the Web for satisfies
Rushkoff seems here to be looking for the minority report, the one interpretation that satisfies his model.Not Much New in Douglas Rushkoff’s Reading of the Future
March 26, 2013
It has been hard enough to find a compromise that satisfies both the U.S. and Iran.Obama, Iran, and the ‘Jewish Vote’
June 12, 2012
However he will have to do much more before he satisfies the questions being raised in the region.What Holbrooke Thinks
December 5, 2009
Its nature is satisfied and it satisfies nature in all moments alike.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When a feller has been doin' a puzzle it kind of satisfies him to find out the answer.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
He cannot be a naturalist, until he satisfies all the demands of the spirit.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He likes to live from hand to mouth, and that satisfies him.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
But perhaps the greatest evil of this practice is, it satisfies the teacher.The Teacher
- (also intr) to fulfil the desires or needs of (a person)
- to provide amply for (a need or desire)
- to relieve of doubt; convince
- to dispel (a doubt)
- to make reparation to or for
- to discharge or pay off (a debt) to (a creditor)
- to fulfil the requirements of; comply withyou must satisfy the terms of your lease
- maths logic to fulfil the conditions of (a theorem, assumption, etc); to yield a truth by substitution of the given valuex = 3 satisfies x² – 4x + 3 = 0
Word Origin and History for satisfies
early 15c., from Middle French satisfier, from Old French satisfaire "pay, repay, make reparation" (14c., Modern French satisfaire), from Latin satisfacere "discharge fully, comply with, make amends," literally "do enough," from satis "enough" (from PIE root *sa- "to satisfy;" see sad) + facere "perform" (see factitious). Related: Satisfied; satisfying.