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disappoint

[dis-uh-point] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of:
His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
2.
to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate:
to be disappointed in love.
verb (used without object)
3.
to bring or cause disappointment.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French desappointer. See dis-1, appoint
Related forms
disappointer, noun
Synonyms
1. sadden, disillusion, dishearten, disenchant.
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Examples for disappoint
  • Someone who really scares you, whom you would not dare disappoint.
  • It is not the first, nor will it be the last, to disappoint.
  • And to the great disappoint of some, no sign of life of any kind.
  • Leaving the ocean view to drive inland in search of more ice will not disappoint.
  • Now that it's in my grubby hands, it doesn't disappoint.
  • It's an ancient profession whose costs always exceed expectations and whose pleasures invariably disappoint.
  • However, my cousin and her husband are intentionally funny and never disappoint.
  • The likelihood that he is developing a fancy scooter will no doubt disappoint many people.
  • We wondered if he was going to do a magic trick, and he did not disappoint.
  • Industrial production is falling sharply, and consumption continues to disappoint.
British Dictionary definitions for disappoint

disappoint

/ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
2.
to prevent the fulfilment of (a plan, intention, etc); frustrate; thwart
Word Origin
C15 (originally meaning: to remove from office): from Old French desapointier; see dis-1, appoint
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Word Origin and History for disappoint
v.

early 15c., "dispossess of appointed office," from Middle French desappointer (14c.) "undo the appointment, remove from office," from des- (see dis-) + appointer "appoint" (see appoint).

Modern sense of "to frustrate expectations" (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of "fail to keep an appointment." Related: Disappointed; disappointing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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