Definition for SAT'IS-FY

SAT'IS-FY, v.t. [L. satisfacio; satis, enough, and facio, to make; Fr. satisfaire; It. soddisfare; Sp. satisfacer; G. satt, D. zat, Dan. sat, filled, satisfied.]

  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 xxxviii.
  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. – Shak.
  4. To appease by punishment; as, to satisfy rigor. – Milton.
  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. – Atterbury.
  7. To pay; to discharge; as, to satisfy an execution. Debts due to the United States are to be first satisfied. – Wirt.

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