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From Middle English satisfyen, satisfien, from Old French satisfiier, satisfier (also Old French satisfaire), from Latin satisfacere, present active infinitive of satisfaciō, from satis (enough, sufficient) + faciō (I make, I do).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsætɪsfaɪ/
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  • Hyphenation: sat‧is‧fy


satisfy (third-person singular simple present satisfies, present participle satisfying, simple past and past participle satisfied)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To do enough for; to meet the needs of; to fulfill the wishes or requirements of.
    I’m not satisfied with the quality of the food here.
  2. (transitive) To cause (a sentence) to be true when the sentence is interpreted in one's universe.
    The complex numbers satisfy .
  3. (dated, literary, transitive) To convince by ascertaining; to free from doubt.
  4. (transitive) To pay to the extent of what is claimed or due.
    to satisfy a creditor
  5. (transitive) To answer or discharge (a claim, debt, legal demand, etc.); to give compensation for.
    to satisfy a claim or an execution


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