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ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪntdis·ap·point

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disappoint, let downverb

    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

    "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"


  1. disappointverb

    To displease by e.g. underperforming

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Disappointverb

    Etymology: dis and appoint.

    The superior Being can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes. John Tillotson, Sermon i.

    Whilst the champion, with redoubled might,
    Strikes home the jav’lin, his retiring foe
    Shrinks from the wound, and disappoints the blow. Addison.

    There’s nothing like surprising the rogues: how will they be disappointed, when they hear that thou hast prevented their revenge. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.

    We are not only tortured by the reproaches which are offered us, but are disappointed by the silence of men when it is unexpected, and humbled even by their praises. Joseph Addison, Spectat.

    The Janizaries, disappointed by the bassas of the spoil of the merchants, especially Christians and Jews, received of the bounty of Solyman a great largess. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.


  1. disappoint

    Disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest. Similar to regret, it differs in that a person who feels regret focuses primarily on the personal choices that contributed to a poor outcome, while a person feeling disappointment focuses on the outcome itself. It is a source of psychological stress. The study of disappointment—its causes, impact, and the degree to which individual decisions are motivated by a desire to avoid it—is a focus in the field of decision analysis, as disappointment is, along with regret, one of two primary emotions involved in decision-making.


  1. disappoint

    Disappoint is a verb that refers to the feeling of sadness or dissatisfaction that results when one's expectations, hopes, or desires are not fulfilled or achieved. It could also refer to the act of causing someone else to feel this way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disappointverb

    to defeat of expectation or hope; to hinder from the attainment of that which was expected, hoped, or desired; to balk; as, a man is disappointed of his hopes or expectations, or his hopes, desires, intentions, expectations, or plans are disappointed; a bad season disappoints the farmer of his crops; a defeat disappoints an enemy of his spoil

  2. Disappointverb

    to frustrate; to fail; to hinder of result

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disappoint

    dis-ap-point′, v.t. to frustrate of what is appointed: to deprive one of what he expected.—p.adjs. Disappoint′ed, balked: frustrated: (Shak.) unprepared or ill-prepared; Disappoint′ing, causing disappointment.—n. Disappoint′ment, the defeat of one's hopes: frustration: the vexation accompanying failure. [O. Fr. desapointerdes = L. dis, away, and apointer, to appoint. See Appoint.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. disappoint

    To counterwork an enemy's operations in mining.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disappoint in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disappoint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of disappoint in a Sentence

  1. Clifton Fadiman:

    A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality.

  2. unknown:

    Nothing you become will disappoint me; I have no preconception that I'd like to see you be or do. I have no desire to foresee you, only to discover you. You can't disappoint me.

  3. New Horizons co-investigator Cathy Olkin:

    Pluto did not disappoint. Charon did not disappoint, either.

  4. Pascal Blanque:

    Corporates are sound, flooded with cash and generally speaking profitable, Two risks in buying corporate assets are that the central banks disappoint, which we don't expect, or that growth disappoints, which we also don't expect.

  5. Ingrid Weir:

    Some people change. Most people don't. Accepting this makes it much harder for them to disappoint you.

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