Pronunciation: (sat'is-fī"), [key]
—v., -fied, -fy•ing.
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).
a. to fulfill the requirements or conditions of: to satisfy a theorem.
b. (of a value of an unknown) to change (an equation) into an identity when substituted for the unknown: x = 2 satisfies 3x = 6.
to give satisfaction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.