satisfy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v satisfy fill or meet a want or need
    • v satisfy make happy or satisfied
    • v satisfy meet the requirements or expectations of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lovers in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, should avoid satisfying their lustful urges in a parked car. If the horn accidentally sounds while they are frolicking behind the wheel, the couple can face a jail term.
    • Satisfy In general, to fill up the measure of a want of (a person or a thing); hence, to grafity fully the desire of; to make content; to supply to the full, or so far as to give contentment with what is wished for. "Death shall . . . with us two
      Be forced to satisfy his ravenous maw."
    • Satisfy To answer or discharge, as a claim, debt, legal demand, or the like; to give compensation for; to pay off; to requite; as, to satisfy a claim or an execution.
    • Satisfy To free from doubt, suspense, or uncertainty; to give assurance to; to set at rest the mind of; to convince; as, to satisfy one's self by inquiry. "The standing evidences of the truth of the gospel are in themselves most firm, solid, and satisfying ."
    • Satisfy To give satisfaction; to afford gratification; to leave nothing to be desired.
    • Satisfy To make payment or atonement; to atone.
    • Satisfy To pay to the extent of claims or deserts; to give what is due to; as, to satisfy a creditor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • satisfy To supply or gratify completely; fulfil the wishes or desires of; content: as, to satisfy hunger or thirst; to satisfy one's curiosity or one's expectations.
    • satisfy To comply with; discharge fully; liquidate; pay; hence, to requite; remunerate; recompense: as, to satisfy the claims of a creditor; to satisfy one for service rendered.
    • satisfy To make reparation or amends for; atone for; expiate: as, to satisfy a wrong.
    • satisfy To assure or free from doubt, uncertainty, or suspense; convince; also, to set at rest, as a doubt: as, to satisfy one's self by inquiry.
    • satisfy To fulfil the conditions of; answer: as, an algebraical equation is said to be satisfied when, after the substitution of particular expressions for the unknown quantities which enter it, the two members are equal. Synonyms Content, Satisfy, Satiate, Sate, Surfeit, Cloy. To content a person is to give him enough to keep him from being disposed to find fault or repine; to satisfy him is to give him just the measure of his desires (see contentment); to satiate him is to give him so much that he cannot receive, desire, or enjoy more, and would be disgusted at the idea of more; to surfeit him is to give him more than enough; to cloy him is to fill him to the point of loathing; sate is the same as satiate, but less popular and more rhetorical. The last four words of the list are applied primarily to food.
    • satisfy To give satisfaction or contentment: as, earthly good never satisfies.
    • satisfy To make requital, reparation, or amends; atone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Satisfy sat′is-fī to give enough to: to supply fully: to please fully: to discharge: to free from doubt: to convince
    • v.i Satisfy to give content: to supply fully: to make payment:—pa.t. and pa.p. sat′isfied
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Quotations

  • Charlotte Bronte
    Charlotte%20Bronte
    “It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.”
  • Allan Bloom
    Allan Bloom
    “The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied, in America.”
  • Bela Karolyi
    Bela Karolyi
    “My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    Henri%20Frederic%20Amiel
    “Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.”
  • Lucretius
    Lucretius
    “The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “He that is well paid is well satisfied.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. satisfier,; L. satis, enough + -ficare,in comp.) to make; cf. F. satisfaire, L. satisfacere,. See Sad (a.), and Fact

Usage

In literature:

Many were crying from cramp and hunger, but nothing could be done to satisfy them, and indeed the men took little notice of them.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
He was not quite satisfied with the story of his nephew.
"Within The Enemy's Lines" by Oliver Optic
Say became satisfied that she held the key to her betrayal.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
People are better satisfied with their knowledge of matter than with their conceptions of the nature of mind.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
She will not be satisfied to have her daughter married to a mere practice.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
This did not seem exactly to satisfy him; but he went on, and read again.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Federigo started with a principality sufficient to satisfy his just desires for power.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
But about my daughter I am less satisfied, for I have been watching her closely.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
At all events, I'm satisfied that it is going in the wrong direction to set Minghelli on his trail.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
But the results of the exhibition satisfied its warmest well-wishers.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
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In poetry:

Satisfying every longing,
Of my sinful soul for grace;
From my weakness never turning,
Thou remainest, Christ, my peace.
"Thou Remainest" by Daniel Webster Moody
Ah no ! his vital blood should flow
Where many a sacrifice had bled !
He knew that he could only die,
And he was satisfied.
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
"And thy soul's most ardent wishes
Shall be more than satisfied,
In the hosts who heed thy message
And accept the Crucified.
"Caleb's Vision" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
He paid out for a bankrupt crew
The debt that to himself was due;
And satisfy'd himself for me,
When he did justice satisfy.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
This land, through which his pilgrims go,
Is desolate and dry;
But streams of grace from him o'erflow
Their thirst to satisfy.
"The Refuge, River, And Rock Of The Church" by John Newton
Yes surely I'll be satisfied,
If I can get the one I love;
The one who's taken away my heart,
And carries it where'er she roves.
"Love and Fear Contest" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Volt satisfies body and soul .
The artist making that portrait must sustain, subvert, or otherwise manipulate and wrest control of the sitter's act to satisfy his or her own ends.
The Bookery in Placerville satisfies book lust.
This dish is a satisfying vegetarian meal complete with spinach, beans and polenta, inspired by classic Spanish flavors.
FuseBOX's bacon mochi: sticky, subtly savory, and satisfying.
Thankfully, technology has created dozens of gadgets to satisfy children of all ages.
German food to satisfy the largest appetites.
Latest plan fully satisfies only 3 out of 10 conditions set by Congress.
The United States won't satisfy the second requirement.
Tempts with cool, hip vibe and fabulously satisfying food.
The Flying Star Café is open and busy, but still waiting for a satisfying take off.
Satisfying China's Growing Demand for Meat.
A lunchtime jaunt to satisfy a craving for Sichuan ended up uncovering an unadvertised menu of lunch specials.
Chorus, orchestra deliver a satisfying Haydn 'Seasons' at Grant Park.
As National Chocolate Week approaches, we have some terrifictreats that are sure to keep committed chocaholics satisfied.
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In science:

By Theorem 3.4, we may find either an extension V of V≺σ such that V ∪ {A} fails to satisfy fip, or an S such that both V≺σ ∪ {A − n | n ∈ F S (S )} and V≺σ ∪ {F S (S ) − n | n ∈ F S (S )} satisfy fip.
Hindman's Theorem: An Ultrafilter Argument in Second Order Arithmetic
There is a ring morphism π : ˆYt → Y satisfying π(Yi,a ) = Yi,a , π(Vi,a ) = A−1 i,a , π(t) = 1 for any i ∈ I , a ∈ C∗ . A monomial m in ˆYt is a product of Yi,a , Vi,a , t±1 satisfying m = m.
Simple tensor products
Clearly, a moving average infinitely divisible random field satisfying Condition 5.3 will also satisfy Assumption 2.4.
High level excursion set geometry for non-Gaussian infinitely divisible random fields
The goal of this article is to show that if the GSL holds, not only for global black hole horizons but on general “causal horizons”, then for any null line on a curved background spacetime satisfying certain appropriate properties, any quantum fields on this background must also satisfy the ANEC on that null line.
Proving the Achronal Averaged Null Energy Condition from the Generalized Second Law
The (strictly stationary) sequence X is said to satisfy the Rosenblatt “strong mixing” condition, or “α-mixing,” if α(n) → 0 as n → ∞; and it is said to satisfy the “absolute regularity” condition if β (n) → 0 as n → ∞.
A strictly stationary, "causal," 5-tuplewise independent counterexample to the central limit theorem
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