Serena purchased a bag of potato chips from the vending machine to satisfy her afternoon craving for a salty snack.
An example of to satisfy is to eat enough food to get rid of hungry feelings.
transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to fulfill the needs, expectations, wishes, or desires of (someone); content; gratify
- to fulfill or answer the requirements or conditions of (something)
- to comply with (rules, standards, or obligations)
- to free from doubt or anxiety; convince
- to answer (a doubt, objection, etc.) adequately or convincingly; solve
- to give what is due to
- to discharge (an obligation, debt, etc.); settle in full
- to make reparation to or for
Origin of satisfyMiddle English satisfyen from Old French satisfier from Classical Latin satisfacere from satis, enough (see sad) + facere, to make (see do)
verbsat·is·fied, sat·is·fy·ing, sat·is·fies
- To fulfill the need, desire, or expectation of: Were you satisfied with the hotel's service?
- To fulfill (a need or desire): The cold drink satisfied my thirst.
- a. To free from doubt or question; convince: His explanation satisfied the authorities.b. To provide sufficient explanation to dispel or answer (a doubt or question).
- To meet or be sufficient for (a requirement); conform to the requirements of (a standard, for example): Only two people satisfied the researcher's profile for the study.
- a. To discharge (a debt or obligation, for example) in full.b. To discharge an obligation to (a creditor).c. To make reparation for; redress.
- Mathematics To make the left and right sides of (an equation) equal after substituting equivalent quantities for the unknown variables.
- To be sufficient or adequate.
- To give satisfaction.
Origin of satisfyMiddle English satisfien from Old French satisfier from Latin satisfacere satis sufficient ; see sā- in Indo-European roots. facere to make ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present satisfies, present participle satisfying, simple past and past participle satisfied)
- To do enough for; to meet the needs of; to fulfill the wishes or requirements of.
- I'm not satisfied with the quality of the food here.
- To cause (a sentence) to be true when the sentence is interpreted in one's universe.
- The complex numbers satisfy .
- (dated, literary) To convince by ascertaining; to free from doubt.
- To pay to the extent of what is claimed or due.
- to satisfy a creditor
- To answer or discharge (a claim, debt, legal demand, etc.); to give compensation for.
- to satisfy a claim or an execution
From Latin satisfacere, present active infinitive of satisfaciÅ, from satis (“enough, sufficient") + faciÅ (“make, do")