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.
- satisficing behaviour,
- sato eisaku,
- sato, eisaku,
Origin of satisfy
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’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His target splits with a satisfying rumble, and then the fragments detonate as he strafes them with more bullets.
But that was not a satisfying news for the environmentalists.Activists: Moscow Sea Park Is ‘Torturing’ Its Orca Whales|Anna Nemtsova|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Oliver Jones|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Drew Smith|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Copyright proprietors should not be required to disclose it otherwise, satisfying the curiosity of business rivals and others.
This was satisfying news to all, and they rested for a while.The Forest Runners|Joseph A. Altsheler
She had almost forgotten the time when life had not been full and satisfying.The Higher Court|Mary Stewart Daggett
I am satisfying a yearning, and stifling a desire that could grow very strong if I let myself go.Burned Bridges|Bertrand W. Sinclair
In all the world, what is there sweeter than the happy, penetrating, satisfying laughter of unhurt youth?Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
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.