satisfy

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']
1.) to make someone feel pleased by doing what they want
Nothing I did would ever satisfy my father.
2.) if you satisfy someone's needs, demands etc, you provide what they need or want
satisfy sb's needs/demands/desires
The program is designed to satisfy the needs of adult learners.
satisfy sb's hunger/appetite
(=give someone enough food to stop them from feeling hungry)
A salad won't be enough to satisfy my appetite.
Just to satisfy my curiosity (=find out something) , how much did it cost?
3.) formal to make someone feel sure that something is right or true
= ↑convince satisfy sb of sth
Jackson tried to satisfy me of his innocence.
satisfy yourself (that)
Having satisfied herself that no one was there, she closed the door.
4.) formal to be good enough for a particular purpose, standard etc
Have you satisfied all the requirements for the general degree?

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