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
Synonyms for satisfy
Related Words for satisfyinggratifying, satisfactory, refreshing, sweet, delightful, enjoyable, rewarding, pleasing, pleasant, pleasurable, satiating, favorable, savory
Examples from the Web for satisfying
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of satisfying
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
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
Word Origin for satisfy
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.