Definition of satisfy in English:

satisfy

verb

[with object]
  • 1Meet the expectations, needs, or desires of (someone)

    ‘I have never been satisfied with my job’
    • ‘Once you are satisfied with your creation, a simple click of the finish button brings up your e-mail software and you are ready to send your pictures.’
    • ‘But the hotel owners are never satisfied with what they've got; or perhaps they don't know what they want.’
    • ‘If it doesn't make sense or you are not satisfied with it, please tell me.’
    • ‘Once I was satisfied with my reflection, I headed down stairs.’
    • ‘If we're not satisfied with the way the world is going, how will electing a leader who is, in most aspects, similar to the last, do any good?’
    • ‘You said that you were satisfied with the summit meeting.’
    • ‘Victor was never satisfied with an ordinary angle.’
    • ‘The radio functioned well enough, if you were satisfied with AM reception only, but I was a fanatical FM listener.’
    • ‘Eventually, however, our goal must be to arrive at an equilibrium whereby each one of us is satisfied with the way we make important decisions in our lives.’
    • ‘And next time you're in a decent relationship, try to work through some of the things you're not satisfied with to see if they can be improved upon before you end it.’
    • ‘The most important thing for me is to do work that I am satisfied with.’
    • ‘Looking back at the year, we would all say we were satisfied with how it went, because no one expected us to do so well.’
    • ‘And of course, if people are not satisfied with the movie, then of course, they always feel that they paid too much.’
    • ‘Do get back to the doctor treating you or if you are not satisfied with the treatment that you are getting, see another psychiatrist.’
    • ‘If you get a mark you're not satisfied with, it never hurts to go back to the Prof and ask where you went wrong and how you might improve next time.’
    • ‘I am satisfied with the outcome of the workshop.’
    • ‘I e-mailed him to let him know I was satisfied with his work and would allow him to visit my house again.’
    • ‘If I am satisfied with my performance, I presume with confidence that the audience is equally satisfied.’
    • ‘After I covered Bosnia and wrote a book about it, I was satisfied with what I had written and wanted to move on to other subjects.’
    • ‘I think the judge was satisfied with the medical excuse.’
    please, content, make happy
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    1. 1.1 Fulfil (a desire or need)
      ‘social services is trying to satisfy the needs of so many different groups’
      • ‘An executive search firm is focused on satisfying the client's needs.’
      • ‘God is just in peoples heads, an illusion made to satisfy their needs for direction in life.’
      • ‘And just to satisfy your need for instant gratification, turn to page 40 to find six quick meals you can fix in no time.’
      • ‘Mutual fund companies are fiduciaries, meaning their top priority is to fulfill their responsibilities to others, not satisfy their own needs.’
      • ‘How will you ensure that those desires or needs are satisfied?’
      • ‘The university that you are attending is virtually one of the best in the nation in terms of satisfying the needs of students from a wide variety of cultures and interests.’
      • ‘Join the real humanitarians as we strive to satisfy the needs and wants of every individual in the world.’
      • ‘You can give orders all day long, but it's really a matter of providing leadership, of giving the company a vision, of implementing a strategy that satisfies the needs of the customer and the shareholders as well, too.’
      • ‘Providing significant teaching experience is probably not realistic in most departments because there are not enough courses to satisfy the needs of all students.’
      • ‘The show also pretends that girlfriends can satisfy your need for a family, should you not find a suitable husband.’
      • ‘Consumers are motivated by the desire to satisfy complex needs, and these should be the starting-point for all marketing activity.’
      • ‘It didn't take long to satisfy his shopping needs and so we had plenty of time to find me a few new outfits.’
      • ‘I think he initially did it for the thrill or to satisfy some inner need of his own, but then there was so much media attention, that he was actually seduced into the cat and mouse game.’
      • ‘She stresses the importance of protein in diets to stop cravings and satisfy the body's need for nourishment.’
      • ‘How will indigenous Amazonians both use the resources of their territories to satisfy their current needs and conserve them for future generations?’
      • ‘To optimize these decisions, business managers need to know their customers' requirements and seek to satisfy their needs and desires.’
      • ‘Seasoned preceptors can teach, express their feelings about a given situation, and satisfy their need to demonstrate their knowledge by telling stories.’
      • ‘They were there to serve him and satisfy his needs and whims.’
      • ‘They perform behaviors that keep them safe from danger, reduce stress or anxiety, or satisfy some other need or desire.’
      • ‘Maslow believed that higher level needs will only emerge when lower level needs are satisfied.’
      fulfil, gratify, meet, fill, serve, provide for, supply
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    2. 1.2 Adequately meet or comply with (a condition, obligation, or demand)
      ‘the whole team is working flat out to satisfy demand’
      • ‘Both conditions were ultimately satisfied and the transaction was completed in February 2001.’
      • ‘They would be hard pressed to manufacture enough to satisfy demand, let alone research a new version of the item.’
      • ‘But dominating his last five years was his work for the theatre, satisfying the demand for music in plays and ‘semi-operas’.’
      • ‘Decentralizing measures introduced to satisfy local demands may lead to macroeconomic instability if fiscal imprudence by subnational entities is not vigorously disciplined.’
      • ‘This is an example of businesses reacting to industry conditions and satisfying market demand with supply.’
      • ‘Many evangelicals say they're just trying to satisfy demands not met by traditional churches.’
      • ‘Art isn't interesting when it is made to satisfy the demands of the market.’
      • ‘The Monegasque government has had to find innovative ways to satisfy the demand for construction: the use of land reclaimed from the sea.’
      • ‘Although there will be enough capacity to satisfy demand next year, the excess of capacity over consumption will begin to shrink.’
      • ‘The Napoleonic Wars would end in 1815 and with the favourable British colonial preference laws, whiskey could be transported over seas to help satisfy this new demand.’
      • ‘It is a pleasure to note that despite his concise format, Chew's work may be the first to satisfy the demands for documentation that historians typically make of books they use.’
      • ‘There is increasingly rapid transport of seafood to the nation's interior to satisfy Spaniards' high demand for quality fresh fish and shellfish.’
      • ‘Whether it would be sufficient to satisfy extraordinary demands such as those of national defense in today's world is, of course, quite another story.’
      • ‘Financial engineering provides the capability to craft any type of security or any instrument to satisfy the demand of would be speculators or investors.’
      • ‘There is enough gold in the vaults of central banks to satisfy world demand for 10 years without another ounce being mined!’
      • ‘In response, web servers must evolve to satisfy these demands.’
      • ‘The administration walked a political and social tightrope as it tried to satisfy the conflicting demands of all these constituencies.’
      • ‘A servant's use of his private car for transport during the course of his duties does not satisfy the conditions set out above.’
      • ‘To satisfy the domestic demand, raw materials, capital goods and other high-value products will, without doubt, be imported on a large scale.’
      • ‘The law didn't satisfy the demand for bodies: there weren't nearly enough condemned murderers to go around.’
      comply with, meet, fulfil, answer, conform to
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    3. 1.3 Pay off (a debt or creditor)
      ‘there was insufficient collateral to satisfy the loan’
      • ‘The accounts are titled in the name of the person responsible for satisfying the tuition debt.’
      • ‘The case itself involved a claim by the executor of an estate to retain part of a legacy due to a legatee sufficient to satisfy a debt due by the legatee to the estate.’
      • ‘So far, the car manufacturer has managed to cut only 2,400 jobs, largely through voluntary redundancies and this is not enough to satisfy its creditors.’
      • ‘It was the applicant's choice to obtain the loan to satisfy some of his creditors.’
      • ‘It still needs a quarter of a million pounds to satisfy creditors.’
      • ‘Creditors may seize jointly owned assets to satisfy your spouse's debts.’
      • ‘Given the sums that they had borrowed from shopkeepers and moneylenders at high interest rates, tenants were unable to satisfy both their creditors in the towns and their landlords.’
      • ‘Basically they have taken too much debt and are currently restructuring in order to satisfy their creditors.’
      • ‘The company will also negotiate separately with existing bondholders and intends to satisfy all other creditors.’
      • ‘That means the income from your job will be available to satisfy his debts.’
      • ‘In the spring of 1997 he and Coleman devised a private plan to satisfy his creditors.’
      • ‘It also appears that his shares are going to be woefully inadequate to satisfy his creditors.’
      • ‘The pledge confers on the creditor a right to sell the chattel involved and to satisfy the debt from the proceeds.’
      • ‘A portion of their land was seized and sold to satisfy their creditors, and shortly thereafter they sold the rest of their land, apparently out of dire necessity.’
      • ‘Once the liquidator has realised all the company's assets, s/he will then set about satisfying the claims made by the creditors.’
      • ‘Two million acres of Creek land was given to the new colony of Georgia so it could be sold to satisfy debts to British traders.’
      • ‘Will the company continue to operate while it attempts to restructure to satisfy creditors?’
      • ‘The shareholders have no claim, on a winding-up, to the return of their contributions to the company until all the creditors' claims have been satisfied.’
      • ‘He wants to carry out social reforms, but he has to keep public finances in order to satisfy international creditors.’
      • ‘Even if a share of the cash value of the equity is protected, this does not prevent the creditors from demanding that the home be sold so that the remaining share can be realized to go towards satisfying the debt.’
      repay, pay, pay off, pay in full, settle, make good, discharge, square, liquidate, clear
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  • 2Provide (someone) with adequate or convincing information or proof about something.

    with object and clause ‘people need to be satisfied that the environmental assessments are accurate’
    ‘the chief engineer satisfied himself that it was not a weapon’
    • ‘I am not satisfied that he has discharged the burden of proof upon him.’
    • ‘I am also satisfied that the prosecution still have to obtain information which is relevant and important information relating to the cheques.’
    • ‘I am also satisfied that the vendor provided the survey and made all reasonable repairs.’
    • ‘Provided he is satisfied that the conduct appears to constitute an extradition crime he is entitled to make an order to proceed.’
    • ‘In this case, we were satisfied that the information supported its use.’
    • ‘I am satisfied that adequate enquiries were made regarding your application and the content of the decision letter was correct.’
    • ‘Mr Jeans' submissions were forceful and persuasive, but I am not satisfied that they were right.’
    • ‘We are satisfied that by acting in this way the judge provided the necessary safeguard to protect the possible interests of the appellant.’
    • ‘The architect should certainly not have given any of the certificates to which I have referred until he had satisfied himself that the overflows were there.’
    • ‘Where the court is satisfied that the petition debt has been paid, secured or compounded for, the court is precluded from making a bankruptcy order on the petition.’
    • ‘I am not satisfied to the appropriate standard of proof that this appellant is of Eritrean ethnicity.’
    • ‘By the end he has made some connection between poetry and life and satisfied himself that he needn't choose one over the other.’
    • ‘You may be refused support on the basis that you have given inadequate information to satisfy the Secretary of State that you made your asylum claim as soon as practicable after arrival in the UK.’
    • ‘As a result I am satisfied that there is a need for a site to provide accommodation for them.’
    • ‘Provided you are satisfied that the market has undervalued that business, thank your lucky stars for the golden buying opportunity.’
    • ‘The soldiers satisfied themselves that there were no more of the enemy around, and sat down behind the crates.’
    • ‘Lending institutions will be required to satisfy themselves that the borrowers already have 10 per cent of the total price.’
    • ‘The claimants have satisfied me that Mr Steele did not receive an adequate explanation before the 3rd August.’
    • ‘Having satisfied herself that he was alone, she continued over to the well.’
    • ‘I am satisfied to the criminal standard of proof that the wife wilfully breached the orders in question and I find her to be in contempt of those orders.’
    • ‘I am satisfied that Mr Baird had an adequate opportunity to examine the boat.’
    convince, persuade, assure, make certain
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  • 3Mathematics
    (of a quantity) make (an equation) true.

    • ‘Why do we get so many possible solutions that all satisfy the same differential equation?’
    • ‘This equation is satisfied by y= cx+ c2- c.’

Phrases

  • satisfy the examiners

    • Reach the standard required to pass an examination.

      • ‘I saw my name on the list of candidates who had satisfied the examiners in the final examinations.’
      • ‘The purpose of the three-hour written paper is to satisfy the Examiners that the candidate has acquired not merely the knowledge requisite to write the dissertation, but also a broader contextual understanding of its subject matter.’
      • ‘A candidate who satisfies the examiners for the award of a classified degree at the second attempt shall not normally be awarded a degree classification higher than a Third Class.’
      • ‘Candidates who fail to satisfy the Examiners in any of the modules which are part of the taught component for the course may be re-examined on such terms as the Academic Board, on the recommendation of the School, may decide.’
      • ‘In order to be eligible for the award of a degree, a candidate must have satisfied the examiners by passing Part I of the Degree and thereafter have satisfied the examiners by passing Part II of the Degree.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French satisfier, formed irregularly from Latin satisfacere ‘to content’, from satis ‘enough’ + facere ‘make’.

Pronunciation

satisfy

/ˈsatɪsfʌɪ/