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UK [ˈsætɪsfaɪ] / US [ˈsætɪsˌfaɪ] verb
Word forms "satisfy":
present tense I/you/we/they satisfy he/she/it satisfies present participle satisfying past tense satisfied past participle satisfied
1)
a) [transitive] to please someone by giving them something that they want or need

an agreement that is unlikely to satisfy environmental campaigners

It's impossible to satisfy everyone.

b) [intransitive/transitive] if something satisfies your needs or wants, it gives you what you need or want

celebrities who will do almost anything to satisfy their craving for publicity

satisfy someone's curiosity:

I just want to satisfy my curiosity – why did he do it?

satisfy someone's hunger/appetite/thirst:

There's nothing like a cold beer to satisfy your thirst.

satisfy the demand for something (= provide as much as people want):

Entire forests are being destroyed to satisfy the demand for wooden furniture.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used with satisfy
▪  appetite, aspiration, craving, curiosity, demand, desire, greed, need, urge, want, wish
2) [transitive] if something satisfies a rule, condition, or standard, it has all the qualities or features that are necessary according to the rule, condition etc

Students must satisfy all requirements to be accepted on the course.


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used as objects of satisfy
▪  condition, criterion, expectation, requirement, test
3) [transitive] to provide someone with the evidence that they need in order to be certain that something is true
satisfy someone/yourself (that):

The prosecution has to satisfy the jury that the defendant is guilty.

We'll be carrying out our own inspection, to satisfy ourselves that safety standards are acceptable.

4) [transitive] maths if a number or group of numbers satisfies an equation, it is a correct solution to it

English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

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  • satisfy — [sat′is fī΄] vt. satisfied, satisfying [ME satisfyen < OFr satisfier < L satisfacere < satis, enough (see SAD) + facere, to make (see DO1)] 1. to fulfill the needs, expectations, wishes, or desires of (someone); content; gratify 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • 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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