Definition of satisfy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsatɪsfʌɪ/

verb (satisfies, satisfying, satisfied)

[with object]
1Meet the expectations, needs, or desires of (someone): I have never been satisfied with my job
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  • You said that you were satisfied with the summit meeting.
  • If it doesn't make sense or you are not satisfied with it, please tell me.
  • Looking back at the year, we would all say we were satisfied with how it went, because no one expected us to do so well.
please, content, make happy
1.1Fulfil (a desire or need): social services is trying to satisfy the needs of so many different groups
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  • Consumers are motivated by the desire to satisfy complex needs, and these should be the starting-point for all marketing activity.
  • To optimize these decisions, business managers need to know their customers' requirements and seek to satisfy their needs and desires.
  • They were there to serve him and satisfy his needs and whims.
fulfil, gratify, meet, fill, serve, provide for, supply;
indulge, cater to, pander to;
appease, assuage;
quench, slake, satiate, sate, take the edge off
rare satisfice
1.2Adequately meet or comply with (a condition, obligation, or demand): the whole team is working flat out to satisfy demand
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  • This is an example of businesses reacting to industry conditions and satisfying market demand with supply.
  • Whether it would be sufficient to satisfy extraordinary demands such as those of national defense in today's world is, of course, quite another story.
  • Many evangelicals say they're just trying to satisfy demands not met by traditional churches.
comply with, meet, fulfil, answer, conform to;
match up to, measure up to, come up to;
suffice, be good enough, fit/fill the bill;
Law  perfect
informal make the grade, cut the mustard
1.3Pay off (a debt or creditor): there was insufficient collateral to satisfy the loan
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  • Creditors may seize jointly owned assets to satisfy your spouse's debts.
  • Basically they have taken too much debt and are currently restructuring in order to satisfy their creditors.
  • The pledge confers on the creditor a right to sell the chattel involved and to satisfy the debt from the proceeds.
repay, pay, pay off, pay in full, settle, make good, discharge, square, liquidate, clear
2Provide (someone) with adequate or convincing information or proof about something: [with object and clause]: people need to be satisfied that the environmental assessments are accurate the chief engineer satisfied himself that it was not a weapon
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  • You may be refused support on the basis that you have given inadequate information to satisfy the Secretary of State that you made your asylum claim as soon as practicable after arrival in the UK.
  • Provided he is satisfied that the conduct appears to constitute an extradition crime he is entitled to make an order to proceed.
  • I am also satisfied that the vendor provided the survey and made all reasonable repairs.
convince, persuade, assure, make certain;
reassure, put someone's mind at rest, dispel someone's doubts
3 Mathematics (Of a quantity) make (an equation) true.
Example sentences
  • This equation is satisfied by y= cx+ c2- c.
  • Why do we get so many possible solutions that all satisfy the same differential equation?


satisfy the examiners

British Reach the standard required to pass an examination.
Example sentences
  • I saw my name on the list of candidates who had satisfied the examiners in the final examinations.
  • A candidate who satisfies the examiners for the award of a classified degree at the second attempt shall not normally be awarded a degree classification higher than a Third Class.
  • Candidates who fail to satisfy the Examiners in any of the modules which are part of the taught component for the course may be re-examined on such terms as the Academic Board, on the recommendation of the School, may decide.



Pronunciation: /satɪsfʌɪəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Balaguer responds that the notion of consistency at work in Full-Blooded Platonism is neither the proof-theoretic notion of consistency nor the model-theoretic notion of satisfiability.


Pronunciation: /ˈsatɪsfʌɪəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • What was missing was a procedure to list out all the non-valid formulas, or equivalently to list out all satisfiable formulas.
  • There is nothing that justifies this demand, and nothing that supports the belief that it is satisfiable even in principle.
  • Finsler points out that one needs to distinguish between satisfiable and unsatisfiable circular definitions.




Late Middle English: from Old French satisfier, formed irregularly from Latin satisfacere 'to content', from satis 'enough' + facere 'make'.

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