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disappoint Line breaks: dis|ap¦point
Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈpɔɪnt/

Definition of disappoint in English:


[with object]
1Fail to fulfil the hopes or expectations of: I have no wish to disappoint everyone by postponing the visit
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  • 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.
let down, fail, dash the hopes of;
dishearten, dispirit, discourage, upset, dismay, depress, sadden, dampen the spirits of, disenchant, disillusion, shatter the illusions of, dissatisfy, disgruntle, chagrin;
North American informal bum out
1.1Prevent (hopes or expectations) from being realized: the governing coalition had bitterly disappointed the hopes of its voters
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  • 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.

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