satisfy

satisfy
[[t]sæ̱tɪsfaɪ[/t]]
satisfies, satisfying, satisfied
1) VERB If someone or something satisfies you, they give you enough of what you want or need to make you pleased or contented.

[V n] The pace of change has not been quick enough to satisfy everyone...

[V n] We just can't find enough good second-hand cars to satisfy demand...

[V n] The scandal stories satisfy people's curiosity for a few hours.

2) VERB To satisfy someone that something is true or has been done properly means to convince them by giving them more information or by showing them what has been done.

[V n that] He has to satisfy the environmental lobby that real progress will be made to cut emissions...

[V n that] He wanted to satisfy himself that he had given his best performance.

Syn:
3) VERB If you satisfy the requirements for something, you are good enough or have the right qualities to fulfil these requirements.

[V n] The Executive Committee recommends that the procedures should satisfy certain basic requirements.


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  • Satisfy — Sat is*fy, v. i. 1. To give satisfaction; to afford gratification; to leave nothing to be desired. [1913 Webster] 2. To make payment or atonement; to atone. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • satisfy — ► VERB (satisfies, satisfied) 1) meet the expectations, needs, or desires of. 2) fulfil (a desire or need). 3) provide with adequate information about or proof of something. 4) comply with (a condition, obligation, or demand). ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

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  • satisfy — sat|is|fy [ sætıs,faı ] verb ** 1. ) transitive to please someone by giving them something they want or need: an agreement that is unlikely to satisfy environmental campaigners It s impossible to satisfy everyone. a ) intransitive or transitive… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • satisfy — sat|is|fy W2S2 [ˈsætısfaı] v past tense and past participle satisfied present participle satisfying third person singular satisfies [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: satisfier, from Latin satisfacere, from satis enough + facere to make… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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