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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.
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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Examples from the web for disappoints
  • It disappoints me that an ad with such language actually has appeared.
  • The article disappoints with speculative inconclusiveness.
  • What disappoints me, about the comments and the article is no one seems to want to answer the question actually asked.
  • What disappoints me is not that he wants to raise taxes on the rich.
  • But if their effort disappoints, it also gets an important ball rolling.
  • Even if economic growth disappoints, power could still run short.
  • If he disappoints on either count, they will in another decade or two contrive some other regime that suits them better.
  • What really disappoints me is that the violations we're citing are the same.
  • Its positively guaranteed for stomach, liver or kidney troubles and never disappoints.
  • It is used in many thousands of homes in this broad land and never disappoints the anxious mothers.
British Dictionary definitions for disappoints


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 disappoints



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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