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Satisfy


SAT'ISFY, verb transitive [Latin satisfacio; satis, enough, and facio, to make.]

1. To gratify wants, wishes or desires to the full extent; to supply possession or enjoyment till no more is desired. The demands of hunger may be easily satisfied; but who can satisfy the passion for money or honor?

2. To supply fully what is necessary and demanded by natural laws; as, to satisfy with rain the desolate and waste ground. Job 38:27.

3. To pay to content; to recompense or indemnify to the full extent of claims; as, to satisfy demands.

He is well paid, that is, well satisfied.

4. To appease by punishment; as, to satisfy rigor.

5. To free from doubt, suspense or uncertainty; to cause the mind to rest in confidence by ascertaining the truth; as, to satisfy one's self by inquiry.

6. To convince. A jury must be satisfied of the guilt of a man, before they can justly condemn him.

The standing evidences of the truth of the gospel are in themselves most firm, solid and satisfying.

7. To pay; to discharge; as, to satisfy an execution.

Debts due to the United States are to be first satisfied.

SAT'ISFY, verb intransitive

1. To give content. Earthly good never satisfies.

2. To feed or supply to the full.

3. To make payment. [But the intransitive use of this verb is generally elliptical.]