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v. sat·is·fied, sat·is·fy·ing, sat·is·fies
1. To fulfill the need, desire, or expectation of: Were you satisfied with the hotel's service?
2. To fulfill (a need or desire): The cold drink satisfied my thirst.
a. To free from doubt or question; convince: His explanation satisfied the authorities.
b. To provide sufficient explanation to dispel or answer (a doubt or question).
4. To meet or be sufficient for (a requirement); conform to the requirements of (a standard, for example): Only two people satisfied the researcher's profile for the study.
a. To discharge (a debt or obligation, for example) in full.
b. To discharge an obligation to (a creditor).
c. To make reparation for; redress.
6. Mathematics To make the left and right sides of (an equation) equal after substituting equivalent quantities for the unknown variables.
1. To be sufficient or adequate.
2. To give satisfaction.

[Middle English satisfien, from Old French satisfier, from Latin satisfacere : satis, sufficient; see sā- in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

sat′is·fi′er n.
sat′is·fy′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: satisfy, answer, fill, fulfill, meet1
These verbs mean to be sufficient or to act in adequate measure for something expected or required: satisfied all requirements; answered our needs; fills a purpose; fulfilled their aspirations; met her obligations.
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1. 'satisfactory'

You say that something is satisfactory when it is acceptable or fulfils a particular need or purpose.

His doctor described his state of health as fairly satisfactory.
It's not a satisfactory system.
2. 'satisfying'

You do not use satisfactory to describe something that gives you a feeling of pleasure and fulfilment. The word you use is satisfying.

There's nothing more satisfying than doing the work you love.
It's wonderful to have a satisfying hobby.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.satisfying - providing abundant nourishment; "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast"; "four square meals a day"
wholesome - conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being; "wholesome attitude"; "wholesome appearance"; "wholesome food"
2.satisfying - providing freedom from worry
satisfactory - giving satisfaction; "satisfactory living conditions"; "his grades were satisfactory"
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adjective satisfactory, pleasing, enjoyable, gratifying, pleasurable, cheering I find wood carving satisfying.
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مُرْضٍ، مُفْرِح
hoşa gidicimemnun edici


[ˈsætɪsfaɪɪŋ] ADJ [result etc] → satisfactorio; [food, meal] → que satisface, que llena
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[ˈsætɪsfaɪɪŋ] adj [result, outcome] → satisfaisant(e); [activity, job] → gratifiant(e); [meal] → substantiel(le)
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adjbefriedigend; food, mealsättigend; a satisfying experienceein befriedigendes Erlebnis; they had the satisfying experience of seeing him failes tat ihnen gut, seinen Misserfolg zu erleben; sounds which are very satisfying to the earangenehme Klänge pl; a cool satisfying beerein kühles, durststillendes Bier
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[ˈsætɪsˌfaɪɪŋ] adj (gen) → soddisfacente; (food, meal) → sostanzioso/a
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(ˈsӕtisfai) verb
1. to give (a person) enough of what is wanted or needed to take away hunger, curiosity etc. The apple didn't satisfy my hunger; I told him enough to satisfy his curiosity.
2. to please. She is very difficult to satisfy.
ˌsatisˈfaction (-ˈfӕkʃən) noun
1. the act of satisfying or state of being satisfied. the satisfaction of desires.
2. pleasure or contentment. Your success gives me great satisfaction.
ˌsatisˈfactory (-ˈfӕktəri) adjective
(negative unsatisfactory) giving satisfaction; good enough to satisfy. Your work is not satisfactory; The condition of the sick man is satisfactory.
ˌsatisˈfactorily (-ˈfӕktə-) adverb
ˈsatisfied adjective
(sometimes with with) pleased. I'm satisfied with his progress; a satisfied customer.
ˈsatisfying adjective
pleasing. The story had a satisfying ending.
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References in classic literature ?
Vronsky was obliged to be his guide in satisfying both these inclinations.
She was not in a humour, however, to regard it as an affront, and affecting to take no notice of what passed, by instantly talking of something else, she internally resolved henceforward to catch every opportunity of eyeing the hair and of satisfying herself, beyond all doubt, that it was exactly the shade of her own.
Anselmo said no more, but he had said enough to cover Lothario with shame and confusion, and he, feeling as it were his honour touched by having been detected in a lie, swore to Anselmo that he would from that moment devote himself to satisfying him without any deception, as he would see if he had the curiosity to watch; though he need not take the trouble, for the pains he would take to satisfy him would remove all suspicions from his mind.
The researcher said that people that have a more disadvantaged socioeconomic status tend to have less satisfying and less safe sexual relations, as well as suffering more experiences of sexual abuse.
"Intellectual stimulation" came in third, with 19% of satisfied physicians, while "financial rewards" was fourth, with 5% of satisfied physicians saying it was the most satisfying aspect of practicing.
"Intellectual stimulation" carne in third, with 19% of satisfied physicians, while "financial rewards" was a distant fourth, with just 5% of all satisfied physicians saying it was their most satisfying factor about practicing medicine.
The results: Americans aged 65 and older tended to view the past and the present as equally satisfying but believed that the future would be less satisfying than the present.
Merely satisfying customers by delivering on their rational requirements represents a minimum point of entry for today's businesses; managing to satisfy customers will not drive the enhanced financial performance today's business leaders seek.
After satisfying the requirements mentioned above, the income from the property is analyzed to assess whether, once developed, the property will rent or sell at a rate sufficiently high enough to produce an acceptable internal rate of return ("IRR") for the developer to take on the risk.
If the automatic enrollment feature of a plan is "qualified" it will be treated as satisfying the annual anti-discrimination testing (ADP/ACP tests), and will be exempt from the top-heavy requirements.
368, issued in September 2005, provide taxpayers flexibility in satisfying the continuity of interest (COI) requirement for certain corporate reorganizations.
In other comments, TEI recommended that, if an asset recognition model is ultimately adopted, the benefits of tax positions satisfying the legal threshold necessary to avoid statutory penalties should be permitted to be recognized in financial statements.