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Definition of satisfy verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they satisfy
    he / she / it satisfies
    past simple satisfied
    -ing form satisfying
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  1. 1satisfy somebody (not used in the progressive tenses) to make someone pleased by doing or giving them what they want Nothing satisfies him—he's always complaining. The proposed plan will not satisfy everyone.
  2. 2satisfy something to provide what is wanted, needed, or asked for The food wasn't enough to satisfy his hunger. to satisfy someone'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) to make someone 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)
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