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
Examples from the Web for satisfy
For those with a predilection for immaculately fine and delicate paintings by Botticelli, his Madonna of the Book will satisfy.
Smith, the current police chief, called Lee a “scapegoat” who was “thrown to the wolves” to satisfy political critics.Florida Cops on What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon|Chris Francescani|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Our criminal justice system requires that she be beaten enough to satisfy the system,” Gruelle says in Private Violence.
DS: I know as much as I need to know to satisfy my curiosity.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho|Tim Teeman|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“An interested customer would apply and would have to satisfy the basic criteria,” said Rumido.
Its reception was cold and only one fragment seemed to satisfy the large audience which filled the hall.My Recollections|Jules Massenet
The biographical sketch seemed to satisfy readers that they were getting their "dope" straight on Goldfield Consolidated.My Adventures with Your Money|George Graham Rice
“They are free from all pain,” was the evasive answer; but it seemed to satisfy her.Salt Water|W. H. G. Kingston
She had used other people to satisfy her selfish desires and then discarded them ruthlessly.Complete Short Works|Georg Ebers
Both men tried to make her explain exactly what she meant, but she would not satisfy their curiosity.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for satisfy
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
Word Origin for satisfy
Word Origin and History 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.