Definition of dissatisfy in English:



  • Fail to satisfy (someone)

    ‘what is it about these words that dissatisfies you?’
    • ‘He could see his answer dissatisfied her and she was reluctant to press him.’
    • ‘These small actions dissatisfy her seemingly endless rage.’
    • ‘Because government schooling is so bad, and dissatisfies such a gigantic amount of people, as represented in ‘survey upon survey,’ it therefore follows that they cannot be held liable for their faults!’
    • ‘After years of battling her body, Renata believed her appearance would always dissatisfy her.’
    • ‘We don't want to dissatisfy the people who have put their trust in us,’ he said.’
    • ‘All you ‘yes’ voters are equally selfish in your determination to pass a referendum that would dissatisfy the other half of the university.’
    • ‘Companies don't have to subscribe to the notion that if the stock doesn't go up by 15% to 20%, they're going to dissatisfy the investor.’
    • ‘The plot is staid, with a particularly dissatisfying conclusion.’
    • ‘Steve was dissatisfied by the answer, but didn't want to push Kasey to answer more.’
    • ‘These responses correspond with satisfying and dissatisfying aspects of supervision and involvement articulated by nonsupervisory employees.’
    • ‘Her mother was in one of her moods and it seemed that everything Betty did dissatisfied her.’
    • ‘The choice in a general election between two candidates either of whom can satisfy most people, or at least radically dissatisfy very few, always leaves some of us with no choice at all.’
    • ‘Study participants were asked what they thought about their experience, including the most satisfying and dissatisfying aspects of their experience.’
    • ‘To see it in action was not only exasperating, but also extremely dissatisfying.’
    • ‘Apart from immersing myself in music via my portable minidisc player, in almost all other areas technology is boring me, sometimes actively dissatisfying me.’
    • ‘The Second Symphony is such a winning score that one might think it almost conducts itself, and there isn't a recording of it that really dissatisfies me.’
    • ‘Or would she be punished for dissatisfying him?’
    • ‘It's a question often asked, but the answer usually dissatisfies those doing the asking.’
    • ‘‘The printing technology often dissatisfies collectors, but this will change if the law allows us to choose a printing contractor offering not only the lowest bid but adequate techniques,’ Su said.’
    • ‘In one study involving 909 working women from Texas, Kahneman found that they spend on average 17.7 per cent of their time engaged in dissatisfying activities.’
    displease, fail to satisfy, give cause for complaint, not be good enough
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