Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: satisfier, from Latin satisfacere, from satis 'enough' + facere 'to make'


sat‧is‧fy S2 W2 past tense and past participle satisfied, present participle satisfying, third person singular satisfies [transitive]
1 to make someone feel pleased by doing what they want:
Nothing I did would ever satisfy my father.
2 if you satisfy someone's needs, demands etc, you provide what they need or want
satisfy somebody's needs/demands/desires
The program is designed to satisfy the needs of adult learners.
satisfy somebody's hunger/appetite (=give someone enough food to stop them from feeling hungry)
A salad won't be enough to satisfy my appetite.
Just to satisfy my curiosity (=find out something), how much did it cost?
3 formal to make someone feel sure that something is right or true [= convince]
satisfy somebody of something
Jackson tried to satisfy me of his innocence.
satisfy yourself (that)
Having satisfied herself that no one was there, she closed the door.
4 formal to be good enough for a particular purpose, standard etc:
Have you satisfied all the requirements for the general degree?

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