- sat|is|fy [ `sætıs,faı ] verb **1. ) transitive to please someone by giving them something they want or need:an agreement that is unlikely to satisfy environmental campaignersIt's impossible to satisfy everyone.a ) intransitive or 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 publicitysatisfy 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. ) 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 the requirements to be accepted on the course.3. ) transitive FORMAL to provide someone with the evidence they need in order to be certain that something is true: CONVINCE: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.4. ) transitive TECHNICAL if a number or group of numbers satisfies an EQUATION, it is a correct solution to it
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.