- 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 satisfy
For those with a predilection for immaculately fine and delicate paintings by Botticelli, his Madonna of the Book will satisfy.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
Smith, the current police chief, called Lee a “scapegoat” who was “thrown to the wolves” to satisfy political critics.Florida Cops on What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon
November 20, 2014
“Our criminal justice system requires that she be beaten enough to satisfy the system,” Gruelle says in Private Violence.The Worst Question for Abuse Victims
October 20, 2014
DS: I know as much as I need to know to satisfy my curiosity.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
“An interested customer would apply and would have to satisfy the basic criteria,” said Rumido.Panel Discussion
The Daily Beast
September 8, 2014
This assurance satisfied the others, but it did not satisfy Harriet.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
We got enough at Figtree Gully to satisfy them, although there is not a great supply.Explorations in Australia
Neither will it satisfy me to have her exist merely in idea.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Manifestations of extravagant thirst, which water could not satisfy.
Certainly these rural interiors would not satisfy everybody.The Roof of France
- (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 satisfy
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.