- 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
Synonyms for satisfy
- (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 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.