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
  1. verb
    meet the requirements or expectations of
    synonyms: fulfil, fulfill, live up to
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    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
    type of:
    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
  2. verb
    fill or meet a want or need
    synonyms: 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
  3. verb
    make happy or satisfied
    synonyms: gratify
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    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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