verb (used with object)
to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of (a person, the mind, etc.); give full contentment to:
The hearty meal satisfied him.
to put an end to (a desire, want, need, etc.) by sufficient or ample provision:
The hearty meal satisfied his hunger.
to give assurance to; convince:
to satisfy oneself by investigation.
to answer sufficiently, as an objection.
to solve or dispel, as a doubt.
to discharge fully (a debt, obligation, etc.).
to make reparation to or for:
to satisfy an offended person; to satisfy a wrong.
to fulfill the requirements or conditions of:
to satisfy a theorem.
(of a value of an unknown) to change (an equation) into an identity when substituted for the unknown: x = 2 satisfies 3 x = 6.
1400–50; late Middle English satisfien
< Middle French satisfier
< Vulgar Latin *satisficāre
(for Latin satisfacere
to do enough; see satisfaction
); see -fy
satisfiable, adjectivesatisfier, nounsatisfyingly, adverbsatisfyingness, nounnonsatisfying, adjectiveoutsatisfy, verb (used with object), outsatisfied, outsatisfying.presatisfy, verb (used with object), presatisfied, presatisfying.supersatisfy, verb (used with object), supersatisfied, supersatisfying.unsatisfiable, adjective
gratify, appease, pacify, please. Satisfy, content
refer to meeting one's desires or wishes. To satisfy
is to meet to the full one's wants, expectations, etc.: to satisfy a desire to travel. To content
is to give enough to keep one from being disposed to find fault or complain: to content oneself with a moderate meal. 3.