satisfy

[ sat-is-fahy ]
/ ˈsæt ɪsˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), sat·is·fied, sat·is·fy·ing.

verb (used without object), sat·is·fied, sat·is·fy·ing.

to give satisfaction.

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
SYNONYMS FOR satisfy
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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satisfy

/ (ˈsætɪsˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)

Derived Formssatisfiable, adjectivesatisfier, nounsatisfying, adjectivesatisfyingly, adverb

Word Origin for satisfy

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

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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