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Definition of satisfy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    satisfy

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsætɪsfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætɪsfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they satisfy
    BrE BrE//ˈsætɪsfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætɪsfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it satisfies
    BrE BrE//ˈsætɪsfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætɪsfaɪz//
     
    past simple satisfied
    BrE BrE//ˈsætɪsfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætɪsfaɪd//
     
    past participle satisfied
    BrE BrE//ˈsætɪsfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætɪsfaɪd//
     
    -ing form satisfying
    BrE BrE//ˈsætɪsfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsætɪsfaɪɪŋ//
     
    Happiness
     
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  1. 1  satisfy somebody (not used in the progressive tenses) to make somebody pleased by doing or giving them what they want Nothing satisfies him—he's always complaining. The proposed plan will not satisfy everyone. See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2  satisfy something to provide what is wanted, needed or asked for The food wasn't enough to satisfy his hunger. to satisfy somebody’s curiosity The education system must satisfy the needs of all children. We cannot satisfy demand for the product. She failed to satisfy all the requirements for entry to the college.
  3. 3  (not used in the progressive tenses) (formal) to make somebody certain something is true or has been done satisfy somebody Her explanation did not satisfy the teacher. satisfy somebody of something People need to be satisfied of the need for a new system. satisfy somebody/yourself (that)… Once I had satisfied myself (that) it was the right decision, we went ahead.
  4. Word Familysatisfaction noun (dissatisfaction)satisfactory adjective (unsatisfactory)satisfy verbsatisfying adjective (unsatisfying)satisfied adjective (dissatisfied) (unsatisfied) Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French satisfier, formed irregularly from Latin satisfacere ‘to content’, from satis ‘enough’ + facere ‘make’.Extra examples His answer seemed to satisfy her. Nothing could satisfy his desire for power. The meal failed to satisfy his hunger. The owners were unable to satisfy all the demands of the workers. We could never satisfy all their requests First people need to be satisfied of the need for a new system. He nodded, pretending to be satisfied by the answer. Her explanation didn’t satisfy the teacher. It seemed that no amount of information would satisfy their curiosity. It was hard to satisfy the demand for the product. More and more games are produced to satisfy the public’s appetite for online entertainment. Nothing satisfies him—he’s always complaining. Our hunger satisfied, we continued our journey. She went to satisfy herself that the guests had everything they needed. The planning policy failed to please/​satisfy anyone.
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