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[ dis-uh-point ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of:

    His gross ingratitude disappointed us.

    Synonyms: disenchant, dishearten, disillusion, sadden

  2. to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate:

    to be disappointed in love.

verb (used without object)

  1. to bring or cause disappointment.


/ ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪnt /


  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

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Other Words From

  • disap·pointer noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of disappoint1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Middle French word desappointer. See dis- 1, appoint

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Word History and Origins

Origin of disappoint1

C15 (originally meaning: to remove from office): from Old French desapointier; see dis- 1, appoint

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Example Sentences

I told the reporter that this chatbot, no matter how clever, can only disorient and disappoint.

However, the no-commitment model would also seem to represent special risks if Canoo’s products disappoint or consumers prove flighty.

From Fortune

Proponents of the measure tried to get the Council to put similar reforms on the 2016 and 2018 ballot, but were disappointed each time.

He said he might have been content with a smaller cut that showed a commitment, while others would have been disappointed with anything less than the full number.

Pai’s parents, both doctors, were initially disappointed that he chose law over medicine — but they’ve since come around.

Regardless of whom President Obama picks to be his next Attorney General, he is bound to disappoint key segments of his coalition.

And, Scott is never one to disappoint with his runway productions.

Just like her memoir, Lee Grant does not disappoint when it comes to candor in an interview with The Daily Beast.

The rapper doesn't disappoint in this feel good comedy, which chronicles a day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.

So far the signs are that the turnout will disappoint the army.

Sir George was p. 138not present, something had happened, for he was not the man to disappoint his friends without grave cause.

Baxter, I don't want to disappoint you, but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that you are one of the mob.

Something had happened to disappoint and annoy them—that much he could gather from their gestures and impassioned speech.

I am a traitor to my oath, for I now know I shall never disappoint Eva's faith in me.

Yes,” said Algitha, “my mother has had a lot of troublesome children to worry and disappoint her.


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