American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To gratify the need, desire, or expectation of.
- v. To fulfill (a need or desire).
- v. To free from doubt or question; assure.
- v. To get rid of (a doubt or question); dispel.
- v. To discharge (a debt or obligation, for example) in full.
- v. To discharge an obligation to (a creditor).
- v. To conform to the requirements of (a standard or rule); be sufficient to (an end).
- v. To make reparation for; redress.
- v. Mathematics To make the left and right sides of an equation equal after substituting equivalent quantities for the unknown variables in the equation.
- v. To be sufficient or adequate.
- v. To give satisfaction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To supply or gratify completely; fulfil the wishes or desires of; content: as, to satisfy hunger or thirst; to satisfy one's curiosity or one's expectations.
- To comply with; discharge fully; liquidate; pay; hence, to requite; remunerate; recompense: as, to satisfy the claims of a creditor; to satisfy one for service rendered.
- To make reparation or amends for; atone for; expiate: as, to satisfy a wrong.
- To assure or free from doubt, uncertainty, or suspense; convince; also, to set at rest, as a doubt: as, to satisfy one's self by inquiry.
- To fulfil the conditions of; answer: as, an algebraical equation is said to be satisfied when, after the substitution of particular expressions for the unknown quantities which enter it, the two members are equal. Synonyms Content, Satisfy, Satiate, Sate, Surfeit, Cloy. To content a person is to give him enough to keep him from being disposed to find fault or repine; to satisfy him is to give him just the measure of his desires (see
contentment); to satiate him is to give him so much that he cannot receive, desire, or enjoy more, and would be disgusted at the idea of more; to surfeit him is to give him more than enough; to cloy him is to fill him to the point of loathing; sate is the same as satiate, but less popular and more rhetorical. The last four words of the list are applied primarily to food.
- To give satisfaction or contentment: as, earthly good never satisfies.
- To make requital, reparation, or amends; atone.
- v. To do enough; to meet (needs); to fulfill (wishes, requirements).
- v. To cause (a sentence) to be true when (the sentence) is interpreted in one's universe.
- v. dated, literary To convince, to ascertain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. In general, to fill up the measure of a want of (a person or a thing); hence, to grafity fully the desire of; to make content; to supply to the full, or so far as to give contentment with what is wished for.
- v. To pay to the extent of claims or deserts; to give what is due to.
- v. To answer or discharge, as a claim, debt, legal demand, or the like; to give compensation for; to pay off; to requite.
- v. To free from doubt, suspense, or uncertainty; to give assurance to; to set at rest the mind of; to convince.
- v. To give satisfaction; to afford gratification; to leave nothing to be desired.
- v. To make payment or atonement; to atone.
- v. make happy or satisfied
- v. meet the requirements or expectations of
- v. fill or meet a want or need
- From Latin satisfacere, present active infinitive of satisfaciō, from satis ("enough, sufficient") + faciō ("make, do") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English satisfien, from Old French satisfier, from Latin satisfacere : satis, sufficient; see sā- in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Unfortunately, after reading some of his comments he made during the August break to satisfy is conservative base I've put him in the far right group.”
“While I think of it let me ask, did the £15 I sent for the purpose of covering the remainder of the cost of Repairs advanced by Mr Austin satisfy all demands?”
“Tonight kae_dash has aikido so I'm a little adrift, but not unhappy for it, about the most important question I have to satisfy, is what will I have for dinner?”
“The first palette to satisfy is a longing for a non-telic and perhaps atheistic or deistic worldview.”
“That allowed the retailer to order enough units of a title to satisfy nearly every customer who wanted to see it upon release, without facing the huge financial risk inherent to the old system.”
“The argument that men have more expensive tastes to satisfy is too feeble to deserve attention.”
“Plus, the calls "satisfy expectations" for voters.”
“So why isnt this being posted to NSFW? because there you wouldnt get enough upvotes to satisfy a karma whore?”
“In Saxe's poem, "The Blind Men and the Elephant," six blind and learned men set off to "satisfy" their minds about the nature of elephants by reaching out to touch one.”
“Such machines could not heal broken relationships or disordered personalities, but only give people a new excuse to indulge a craving, and contrary to Levy, it would not "satisfy" them, but, like masturbation and pornography, would only lead to a worsening of the craving and greater unhappiness.”
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