Meaning of satisfy

sat•is•fy

Pronunciation: (sat'is-fī"), [key]
— v., -fied, -fy•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of (a person, the mind, etc.); give full contentment to: The hearty meal satisfied him.
  2. to put an end to (a desire, want, need, etc.) by sufficient or ample provision: The hearty meal satisfied his hunger.
  3. to give assurance to; convince: to satisfy oneself by investigation.
  4. to answer sufficiently, as an objection.
  5. to solve or dispel, as a doubt.
  6. to discharge fully (a debt, obligation, etc.).
  7. to make reparation to or for: to satisfy an offended person; to satisfy a wrong.
  8. to pay (a creditor).
  9. to satisfy a theorem.
    1. to fulfill the requirements or conditions of:to satisfy a theorem.
    2. (of a value of an unknown) to change (an equation) into an identity when substituted for the unknown: x = 2 satisfies 3x = 6.
—v.i.
  1. to give satisfaction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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