sat|is|fy

sat|is|fy
sat|is|fy «SAT ihs fy», verb, -fied, -fy|ing.
–v.t.
1. to give enough to (a person); meet or fulfill (as desires, hopes, or demands); put an end to (needs or wants): »

to satisfy one's curiosity. He satisfied his hunger with a sandwich and milk. What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior? (Walt Whitman).

2. to make contented; please: »

Are you satisfied now?

3. to pay; make right: »

After the accident he satisfied all claims for the damage he had caused.

4. to set free from doubt or uncertainty; convince: »

He was satisfied that it was an accident.

5. to fulfill the conditions of: »

to satisfy an algebraic equation.

–v.i.
1. to give satisfaction; please.
2. to make up for a wrong or injury.
[< Middle French satisfier, learned borrowing from Latin satisfacere < satis enough + facere do]
Synonym Study transitive verb. 1 Satisfy, content mean to meet, wholly or partly, a person's desires and wants. Satisfy means to give enough to fulfill a person's desires, hopes, or needs: »

The little mongrel satisfied the boy's desire for a dog.

Content means to give enough to please a person and keep him from being unhappy because he does not have everything he wants: »

A letter from her daughter once a week contented her.


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