- 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
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Examples from the Web for satisfying
The way it was executed was maybe not satisfying to people, and it was in no way tied up in a bow.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
His target splits with a satisfying rumble, and then the fragments detonate as he strafes them with more bullets.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
But that was not a satisfying news for the environmentalists.Activists: Moscow Sea Park Is ‘Torturing’ Its Orca Whales
October 27, 2014
Huge exposure, 2000 feet of air below you, the sun setting, the hard work to get there— it was so satisfying.Adventure Photographer Jimmy Chin: Defying the Rational, Physically and Creatively
October 6, 2014
Nor will they reach any satisfying conclusions about life itself no matter how earnestly they pursue them.Lars Iyer’s ‘Wittgenstein Jr.’ Plumbs the Deep Fun of Philosophical Fiction
October 1, 2014
Would you take that as a satisfying reason from one or your students?In the Midst of Alarms
He was storm-tossed in the disturbing element; he could come to no satisfying conclusion.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"You're just about as satisfying to talk to as a stump," she paid tribute to his unassailable calm.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
A dozen things, and she did; things about as satisfying as theology at the grave.Southern Lights and Shadows
He's been satisfying every whim of curiosity that pops into his mind.The Big Tomorrow
- (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 and History for satisfying
c.1600, present participle adjective from satisfy. Related: Satisfyingly.
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.