- 1Fail to fulfil the hopes or expectations of: I have no wish to disappoint everyone by postponing the visitMore example sentences
- They constantly disappoint the young by failing to live up to their expectations of them.
- It is no concern of the author that their readers might attempt to replicate a way of life that does not exist, or be disappointed when they fail to do so.
- Yet many could be disappointed if more men fail to come forward.
- 1.1Prevent (hopes or expectations) from being realized: the governing coalition had bitterly disappointed the hopes of its votersMore example sentences
- We hope to interest admirers of the genre and hope we do not disappoint their expectations.
- What he does is very good, but systematically disappoints all expectations of the Wagner community, both fans and enemies alike.
- Livingstone would not be exempt from a Blair-type trashing if he too disappoints these high expectations.
late Middle English (in the sense 'deprive of a position'): from Old French desappointer.