Definition of satisfy in English:

satisfy

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Meet the expectations, needs, or desires of (someone)

    ‘I have never been satisfied with my job’
    [no object] ‘wealth, the promise of the eighties, has failed to satisfy’
    • ‘If it doesn't make sense or you are not satisfied with it, please tell me.’
    • ‘But the hotel owners are never satisfied with what they've got; or perhaps they don't know what they want.’
    • ‘You said that you were satisfied with the summit meeting.’
    • ‘Victor was never satisfied with an ordinary angle.’
    • ‘And of course, if people are not satisfied with the movie, then of course, they always feel that they paid too much.’
    • ‘I e-mailed him to let him know I was satisfied with his work and would allow him to visit my house again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think the judge was satisfied with the medical excuse.’
    • ‘If I am satisfied with my performance, I presume with confidence that the audience is equally satisfied.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The most important thing for me is to do work that I am satisfied with.’
    • ‘I am satisfied with the outcome of the workshop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The radio functioned well enough, if you were satisfied with AM reception only, but I was a fanatical FM listener.’
    please, content, make happy
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    1. 1.1 Fulfill (a desire or need)
      ‘social services is trying to satisfy the needs of so many different groups’
      • ‘How will you ensure that those desires or needs are satisfied?’
      • ‘They were there to serve him and satisfy his needs and whims.’
      • ‘She stresses the importance of protein in diets to stop cravings and satisfy the body's need for nourishment.’
      • ‘They perform behaviors that keep them safe from danger, reduce stress or anxiety, or satisfy some other need or desire.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Maslow believed that higher level needs will only emerge when lower level needs are satisfied.’
      • ‘It didn't take long to satisfy his shopping needs and so we had plenty of time to find me a few new outfits.’
      • ‘Join the real humanitarians as we strive to satisfy the needs and wants of every individual in the world.’
      • ‘Consumers are motivated by the desire to satisfy complex needs, and these should be the starting-point for all marketing activity.’
      • ‘Mutual fund companies are fiduciaries, meaning their top priority is to fulfill their responsibilities to others, not satisfy their own needs.’
      • ‘God is just in peoples heads, an illusion made to satisfy their needs for direction in life.’
      • ‘An executive search firm is focused on satisfying the client's needs.’
      • ‘To optimize these decisions, business managers need to know their customers' requirements and seek to satisfy their needs and desires.’
      • ‘Providing significant teaching experience is probably not realistic in most departments because there are not enough courses to satisfy the needs of all students.’
      • ‘Seasoned preceptors can teach, express their feelings about a given situation, and satisfy their need to demonstrate their knowledge by telling stories.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And just to satisfy your need for instant gratification, turn to page 40 to find six quick meals you can fix in no time.’
      • ‘The show also pretends that girlfriends can satisfy your need for a family, should you not find a suitable husband.’
      • ‘How will indigenous Amazonians both use the resources of their territories to satisfy their current needs and conserve them for future generations?’
      fulfil, gratify, meet, fill, serve, provide for, supply
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    2. 1.2 Provide (someone) with adequate information or proof so that they are convinced 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Provided he is satisfied that the conduct appears to constitute an extradition crime he is entitled to make an order to proceed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a result I am satisfied that there is a need for a site to provide accommodation for them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In this case, we were satisfied that the information supported its use.’
      • ‘Provided you are satisfied that the market has undervalued that business, thank your lucky stars for the golden buying opportunity.’
      • ‘By the end he has made some connection between poetry and life and satisfied himself that he needn't choose one over the other.’
      • ‘I am also satisfied that the vendor provided the survey and made all reasonable repairs.’
      • ‘Mr Jeans' submissions were forceful and persuasive, but I am not satisfied that they were right.’
      • ‘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 not satisfied to the appropriate standard of proof that this appellant is of Eritrean ethnicity.’
      • ‘I am satisfied that Mr Baird had an adequate opportunity to examine the boat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am satisfied that adequate enquiries were made regarding your application and the content of the decision letter was correct.’
      convince, persuade, assure, make certain
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    3. 1.3 Adequately meet or comply with (a condition, obligation, or demand)
      ‘the whole team is working to satisfy demand’
      • ‘They would be hard pressed to manufacture enough to satisfy demand, let alone research a new version of the item.’
      • ‘This is an example of businesses reacting to industry conditions and satisfying market demand with supply.’
      • ‘Decentralizing measures introduced to satisfy local demands may lead to macroeconomic instability if fiscal imprudence by subnational entities is not vigorously disciplined.’
      • ‘Both conditions were ultimately satisfied and the transaction was completed in February 2001.’
      • ‘Although there will be enough capacity to satisfy demand next year, the excess of capacity over consumption will begin to shrink.’
      • ‘To satisfy the domestic demand, raw materials, capital goods and other high-value products will, without doubt, be imported on a large scale.’
      • ‘But dominating his last five years was his work for the theatre, satisfying the demand for music in plays and ‘semi-operas’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Monegasque government has had to find innovative ways to satisfy the demand for construction: the use of land reclaimed from the sea.’
      • ‘Financial engineering provides the capability to craft any type of security or any instrument to satisfy the demand of would be speculators or investors.’
      • ‘Art isn't interesting when it is made to satisfy the demands of the market.’
      • ‘In response, web servers must evolve to satisfy these demands.’
      • ‘A servant's use of his private car for transport during the course of his duties does not satisfy the conditions set out above.’
      • ‘The administration walked a political and social tightrope as it tried to satisfy the conflicting demands of all these constituencies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many evangelicals say they're just trying to satisfy demands not met by traditional churches.’
      • ‘There is enough gold in the vaults of central banks to satisfy world demand for 10 years without another ounce being mined!’
      • ‘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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    4. 1.4Mathematics (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.’
    5. 1.5 Pay off (a debt or creditor)
      ‘there was insufficient collateral to satisfy the loan’
      • ‘Will the company continue to operate while it attempts to restructure to satisfy creditors?’
      • ‘In the spring of 1997 he and Coleman devised a private plan to satisfy his 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Creditors may seize jointly owned assets to satisfy your spouse's debts.’
      • ‘Basically they have taken too much debt and are currently restructuring in order to satisfy their creditors.’
      • ‘It still needs a quarter of a million pounds to satisfy creditors.’
      • ‘That means the income from your job will be available to satisfy his debts.’
      • ‘The accounts are titled in the name of the person responsible for satisfying the tuition debt.’
      • ‘It also appears that his shares are going to be woefully inadequate to satisfy his creditors.’
      • ‘The company will also negotiate separately with existing bondholders and intends to satisfy all other 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pledge confers on the creditor a right to sell the chattel involved and to satisfy the debt from the proceeds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was the applicant's choice to obtain the loan to satisfy some of his creditors.’
      • ‘He wants to carry out social reforms, but he has to keep public finances in order to satisfy international creditors.’
      • ‘Once the liquidator has realised all the company's assets, s/he will then set about satisfying the claims made by the creditors.’
      • ‘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.’
      repay, pay, pay off, pay in full, settle, make good, discharge, square, liquidate, clear
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

satisfy

/ˈsadəsˌfī/