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[dis-uh-point] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of:
His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate:
to be disappointed in love.
verb (used without object)
to bring or cause disappointment.
Origin of disappoint
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French desappointer. See dis-1, appoint
Related forms
disappointer, noun
1. sadden, disillusion, dishearten, disenchant. Unabridged
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  • Why could she not have known that her music-scholar was to disappoint her, and so had the benefit of a ride?

    Interrupted Pansy
  • He cannot lead us to the end and disappoint the craving He Himself set in us.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It would be my business to disappoint him; and I assumed an air of confidence that soon shook off my companion.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • Now, to disappoint their just expectation would be almost unpardonable.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • “But that will disappoint my husband very much,” said Madame.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for disappoint


verb (transitive)
to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
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

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.

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