To satisfy is to fulfill or meet a want, need, requirement, or expectation. A brilliant paper on Edgar Allan Poe might satisfy a literature class requirement, and a candy bar might satisfy a craving for chocolate.

Since there are so many things we need and want, there are lots of ways to satisfy us. Eating a sandwich will satisfy your hunger. Overhearing a conversation could satisfy your curiosity. Going to school should satisfy your desire for knowledge. In college, you'll have to take certain classes to satisfy requirements of your degree. The word comes from the Latin satisfacere, which basically means “do enough.”

Definitions of satisfy

v meet the requirements or expectations of

fulfil, fulfill, live up to
fall short of
fail to satisfy, as of expectations, for example
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answer, do, serve, suffice
be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
provide for
bridge over, keep going, tide over
suffice for a period between two points
go a long way
suffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent
function, serve
serve a purpose, role, or function
measure up, qualify
prove capable or fit; meet requirements
go around
be sufficient
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conform to, fit, meet
satisfy a condition or restriction

v fill or meet a want or need

fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet
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be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
appease, quell, stay
overcome or allay
feed on, feed upon
be sustained by
allay, assuage, quench, slake
satisfy (thirst)
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cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

v make happy or satisfied

fail to satisfy
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delight, please
give pleasure to or be pleasing to
give satisfaction
make content
make attractive or lovable
delight, enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, ravish, transport
hold spellbound

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