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verb satisfy pronunciation in British English /ˈsætɪsfaɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesatisfying
past tensesatisfied
past participlesatisfied
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to please someone by giving them something that they want or need
    an agreement that is unlikely to satisfy environmental campaigners
    It’s impossible to satisfy everyone.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if something satisfies your needs or wants, it gives you what you need or want
      celebrities who will do almost anything to satisfy their craving for publicity
      satisfy someone’s curiosity: I just want to satisfy my curiosity – why did he do it?
      satisfy someone’s hunger/appetite/thirst: There’s nothing like a cold beer to satisfy your thirst.
      satisfy the demand for something (=provide as much as people want): Entire forests are being destroyed to satisfy the demand for wooden furniture.
  2. 2
    [transitive] if something satisfies a rule, condition, or standard, it has all the qualities or features that are necessary according to the rule, condition etc
    Students must satisfy all requirements to be accepted on the course.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to provide someone with the evidence that they need in order to be certain that something is true
    satisfy someone/yourself (that): The prosecution has to satisfy the jury that the defendant is guilty.
    We’ll be carrying out our own inspection, to satisfy ourselves that safety standards are acceptable.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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