What does satisfy mean?

Definitions for satisfy
ˈsæt ɪsˌfaɪsat·is·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. satisfy, fulfill, fulfil, live up toverb

    meet the requirements or expectations of

  2. satisfy, gratifyverb

    make happy or satisfied

  3. meet, satisfy, fill, fulfill, fulfilverb

    fill or meet a want or need


  1. satisfyverb

    To do enough; to meet (needs); to fulfill (wishes, requirements).

  2. satisfyverb

    To cause (a sentence) to be true when (the sentence) is interpreted in one's universe.

    The complex numbers satisfy uE000125581uE001.

  3. Etymology: From satisfacere, present active infinitive of satisfacio, from satis + facio

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SATISFYverb

    Etymology: satisfaire, Fr. satisfacio, Latin.

    A good man shall be satisfied from himself. Prov. xiv. 14.

    Will he satisfy his rigour,
    Satisfy’d never? John Milton.

    Who hath caused it to rain on the earth, to satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender tree to spring forth? Job xxxviii. 27.

    I will pursue and divide the spoil: my lust shall be satisfied upon them. Ex. xv. 9.

    The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul. Prov. xiii.

    He is well paid that is well satisfied;
    And I, delivering you, am satisfied,
    And therein do account myself well paid. William Shakespeare.

    Of many things useful and curious you may satisfy yourselves in Leonardo de Vinci. Dryden.

    When come to the utmost extremity of body, what can there put a stop and satisfy the mind that it is at the end of space, when it is satisfied that body itself can move into it? John Locke.

    This I would willingly be satisfied in, whether the soul, when it thinks thus, separate from the body, acts less rationally than when conjointly with it? John Locke.

    He declares himself satisfied to the contrary, in which he has given up the cause. Dryden.

    The standing evidences of the truth of the Gospel, are in themselves most firm, solid, and satisfying. Francis Atterbury.

  2. To Satisfyverb

    To make payment.

    By the quantity of silver they give or take, they estimate the value of other things, and satisfy for them: thus silver becomes the measure of commerce. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Satisfyadjective

    in general, to fill up the measure of a want of (a person or a thing); hence, to grafity fully the desire of; to make content; to supply to the full, or so far as to give contentment with what is wished for

  2. Satisfyadjective

    to pay to the extent of claims or deserts; to give what is due to; as, to satisfy a creditor

  3. Satisfyadjective

    to answer or discharge, as a claim, debt, legal demand, or the like; to give compensation for; to pay off; to requite; as, to satisfy a claim or an execution

  4. Satisfyadjective

    to free from doubt, suspense, or uncertainty; to give assurance to; to set at rest the mind of; to convince; as, to satisfy one's self by inquiry

  5. Satisfyverb

    to give satisfaction; to afford gratification; to leave nothing to be desired

  6. Satisfyverb

    to make payment or atonement; to atone


  1. Satisfy

    Satisfy, released by Vertical Records, is Kathryn Scott's first solo album, released in 2003. Seven of the songs are penned by Scott herself, including her most famous track, "Hungry", and also "At the foot of the cross" and "Breathe on me now". She also does covers of Matt Redman's "Blessed be Your name", Mercy Me's "Imagine", and Isaac Watts' classic "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Satisfy

    sat′is-fī, v.t. to give enough to: to supply fully: to please fully: to discharge: to free from doubt: to convince.—v.i. to give content: to supply fully: to make payment:—pa.t. and pa.p. sat′isfied.n. Satisfac′tion, state of being satisfied: gratification: comfort: that which satisfies: amends: atonement: payment, quittance: conviction: repairing a wrong, as by a duel.—adj. Satisfac′tive (obs.).—adv. Satisfac′torily.—n. Satisfac′toriness.—adjs. Satisfac′tory, satisfying: giving contentment: making amends or payment: atoning: convincing; Satisfī′able, capable of being satisfied.—n. Sat′isfīer.—adj. Sat′isfying, satisfactory.—adv. Sat′isfyingly.—Satisfaction theory (of the Atonement), the ordinary theory of Catholic orthodoxy that Christ made satisfaction to Divine justice for the guilt of human sin by suffering as the human representative, and that thus Divine forgiveness was made possible. [Fr. satisfaire—L. satisfacĕre, satis, enough, facĕre, to make.]

Editors Contribution

  1. satisfy

    To fulfill a desire.

    The food did satisfy our requirement for food.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  
  2. satisfy

    To fulfill what is just, right and fair.

    They did their best to satisfy their clients.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'satisfy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4598

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'satisfy' in Verbs Frequency: #582

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of satisfy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of satisfy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of satisfy in a Sentence

  1. Jonar Nader:

    The concept of internal customers suits the wimpy organization headed by a wimp who tries to appease everyone and satisfy no-one.

  2. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    A realist is a man of action, because he does not dwell too much on reason when the results or the end will not satisfy the means. It is the reality that matters most.

  3. Pat Conroy:

    The Death of Santini, for two years, I’ve tried to satisfy my great interior hunger with a diet that would satisfy a full-grown squirrel but did little to conquer the hippopotamus that lives within me.

  4. Lisa Drayer:

    Gradually cut back [on sugar] and consume more protein and fiber-rich foods, it can actually help curb sugar cravings as well. When we consume protein and fiber, it slows the rise in blood sugar if we consume it with a sugar-containing food. It can help satisfy us and help us reduce our sugar intake as well.

  5. Paul Hudson:

    We don't believe there's a risk, but we have to - and are appropriately duty bound to - satisfy the regulators, which we will do, and we'll move on from there.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. usurious
    • B. flabby
    • C. commensal
    • D. lacerate

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