verb (used with object), sat·is·fied, sat·is·fy·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), sat·is·fied, sat·is·fy·ing.
Origin of satisfy
Synonyms for satisfy
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
Word Origin 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.