satisfy

Definitions

General English

  • verb to make someone pleased with what he or she has received or achieved

General Science

  • verb to make both sides of an equation equal by finding the values of the unknown variables

Aviation

Commerce

  • verb to give satisfaction or to please
  • verb to fill the requirements for a job

Law

  • verb to convince someone that something is correct
  • verb to fulfil or to carry out fully

Origin & History of “satisfy”

Etymologically, satisfy means ‘make enough’. It comes, via Old French satisfier, from Latin satisfacere ‘satisfy, content’, a compound verb formed from satis ‘enough’ (a relative of English sad, sated, and saturate, and source of English satiate). The derived noun satisfaction reached English well over a century before the verb, in the specialized ecclesiastical sense ‘performance of penance’.
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