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verb (used with object), dis·sat·is·fied, dis·sat·is·fy·ing.
  1. to cause to be displeased, especially by failing to provide something expected or desired.
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Origin of dissatisfy

First recorded in 1660–70; dis-1 + satisfy
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Historical Examples

  • I hope I've done nothing to dissatisfy any of the tenants, least of all you, sir.

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  • Mr. Pope had reason to be dissatisfy'd with the O in the second Line, and to reject it; for Homer has nothing of it.

  • To an Arab Sheik, loudest in importunity, he said: "What has happened since yesterday to dissatisfy thee with life?"

  • Peter, very soon after our engagement you began to dissatisfy me because I realized that I should never satisfy you.

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  • The alarming way that each one did not throw away what was taken away did not dissatisfy every one.

British Dictionary definitions for dissatisfy


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to fail to satisfy; disappoint
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Word Origin and History for dissatisfy


1660s; see dis- + satisfy. Related: Dissatisfied; dissatisfying.

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