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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To gratify the need, desire, or expectation of.
  • transitive v. To fulfill (a need or desire).
  • transitive v. To free from doubt or question; assure.
  • transitive v. To get rid of (a doubt or question); dispel.
  • transitive v. To discharge (a debt or obligation, for example) in full.
  • transitive v. To discharge an obligation to (a creditor).
  • transitive v. To conform to the requirements of (a standard or rule); be sufficient to (an end).
  • transitive v. To make reparation for; redress.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To make the left and right sides of an equation equal after substituting equivalent quantities for the unknown variables in the equation.
  • intransitive v. To be sufficient or adequate.
  • intransitive v. To give satisfaction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To convince, to ascertain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To pay to the extent of claims or deserts; to give what is due to.
  • transitive v. To answer or discharge, as a claim, debt, legal demand, or the like; to give compensation for; to pay off; to requite.
  • transitive v. To free from doubt, suspense, or uncertainty; to give assurance to; to set at rest the mind of; to convince.
  • intransitive v. To give satisfaction; to afford gratification; to leave nothing to be desired.
  • intransitive v. To make payment or atonement; to atone.

from The 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.
  • To give satisfaction or contentment: as, earthly good never satisfies.
  • To make requital, reparation, or amends; atone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make happy or satisfied
  • v. meet the requirements or expectations of
  • v. fill or meet a want or need

Etymologies

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)
From Latin satisfacere, present active infinitive of satisfaciō, from satis ("enough, sufficient") + faciō ("make, do") (Wiktionary)

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