[ dis-sat-is-fahy ]
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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.

Origin of dissatisfy

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

Words Nearby dissatisfy

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How to use dissatisfy in a sentence

  • In 2010, scientists dissatisfied with DSM’s often fuzzy, symptom-based definitions of mental disorders rebelled and tried to define mental conditions based on brain and behavioral measures.

  • They always embarrass those who give them, and dissatisfy those who receive them.

    Reflections | Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • 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.

    The Dull Miss Archinard | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dissatisfy


/ (dɪsˈsætɪsˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to fail to satisfy; disappoint

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