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- UK [ˈsætɪsfaɪ] / US [ˈsætɪsˌfaɪ]
Word forms "satisfy":
present tense I/you/we/they satisfy he/she/it satisfies present participle satisfying past tense satisfied past participle satisfied1)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 wantsatisfy someone's curiosity:
celebrities who will do almost anything to satisfy their craving for publicitysatisfy someone's hunger/appetite/thirst:
I just want to satisfy my curiosity – why did he do it?satisfy the demand for something (= provide as much as people want):
There's nothing like a cold beer to satisfy your thirst.
Entire forests are being destroyed to satisfy the demand for wooden furniture.•
Nouns frequently used with satisfy
▪ appetite, aspiration, craving, curiosity, demand, desire, greed, need, urge, want, wish2) [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.•
Nouns frequently used as objects of satisfy
▪ condition, criterion, expectation, requirement, test3) [transitive] to provide someone with the evidence that they need in order to be certain that something is truesatisfy 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.