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



  • 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’.