- verb to make both sides of an equation equal by finding the values of the unknown variables
- verb to meet a particular prescribed standard
- verb to give satisfaction or to please
- verb to fill the requirements for a job
- 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’.