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satisfy

[sat-is-fahy]
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verb (used with object), sat·is·fied, sat·is·fy·ing.
  1. to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of (a person, the mind, etc.); give full contentment to: The hearty meal satisfied him.
  2. to put an end to (a desire, want, need, etc.) by sufficient or ample provision: The hearty meal satisfied his hunger.
  3. to give assurance to; convince: to satisfy oneself by investigation.
  4. to answer sufficiently, as an objection.
  5. to solve or dispel, as a doubt.
  6. to discharge fully (a debt, obligation, etc.).
  7. to make reparation to or for: to satisfy an offended person; to satisfy a wrong.
  8. to pay (a creditor).
  9. Mathematics.
    1. to fulfill the requirements or conditions of: to satisfy a theorem.
    2. (of a value of an unknown) to change (an equation) into an identity when substituted for the unknown: x = 2 satisfies 3x = 6.
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verb (used without object), sat·is·fied, sat·is·fy·ing.
  1. to give satisfaction.
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Origin of satisfy

1400–50; late Middle English satisfien < Middle French satisfier < Vulgar Latin *satisficāre (for Latin satisfacere to do enough; see satisfaction); see -fy
Related formssat·is·fi·a·ble, adjectivesat·is·fi·er, nounsat·is·fy·ing·ly, adverbsat·is·fy·ing·ness, nounnon·sat·is·fy·ing, adjectiveout·sat·is·fy, verb (used with object), out·sat·is·fied, out·sat·is·fy·ing.pre·sat·is·fy, verb (used with object), pre·sat·is·fied, pre·sat·is·fy·ing.su·per·sat·is·fy, verb (used with object), su·per·sat·is·fied, su·per·sat·is·fy·ing.un·sat·is·fi·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms

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1. gratify, appease, pacify, please. Satisfy, content refer to meeting one's desires or wishes. To satisfy is to meet to the full one's wants, expectations, etc.: to satisfy a desire to travel. To content is to give enough to keep one from being disposed to find fault or complain: to content oneself with a moderate meal. 3. persuade.
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Examples from the Web for satisfies

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  • Its nature is satisfied and it satisfies nature in all moments alike.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • When a feller has been doin' a puzzle it kind of satisfies him to find out the answer.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He cannot be a naturalist, until he satisfies all the demands of the spirit.

    Nature

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He likes to live from hand to mouth, and that satisfies him.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • But perhaps the greatest evil of this practice is, it satisfies the teacher.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for satisfies

satisfy

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to fulfil the desires or needs of (a person)
  2. to provide amply for (a need or desire)
  3. to relieve of doubt; convince
  4. to dispel (a doubt)
  5. to make reparation to or for
  6. to discharge or pay off (a debt) to (a creditor)
  7. to fulfil the requirements of; comply withyou must satisfy the terms of your lease
  8. 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
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Derived Formssatisfiable, adjectivesatisfier, nounsatisfying, adjectivesatisfyingly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Old French satisfier, from Latin satisfacere, from satis enough + facere to make, do
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Word Origin and History for satisfies

satisfy

v.

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.

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