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"satisfy" in British English

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satisfyverb [T]

uk   /ˈsæt.ɪs.faɪ/  us   /ˈsæt̬-/
  • satisfy verb [T] (WANTING)

B2 to ​please someone by giving them what they ​want or need: They have 31 ​flavours of ​icecream - enough to satisfy everyone! Come on, satisfy my curiosity (= ​tell me what I ​want to ​know) - what ​happened last ​night?satisfy conditions/needs/requirements C1 to have or ​provide something that is ​needed or ​wanted: She satisfies all the ​requirements for the ​job. There are three ​mainconditions you must satisfy in ​order to ​become a ​member of the ​club.

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  • satisfy verb [T] (BELIEVING)

to make someone ​believe that something is ​true: His ​explanation satisfied the ​court. [+ (that)] I satisfied myself (that) I had ​locked the ​door.formal The ​authorities were satisfied of (= they ​accepted) the ​seriousness of his ​situation.
(Definition of satisfy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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satisfyverb [T]

 us   /ˈsæt̬·əsˌfɑɪ/
to ​please someone by giving the ​person something that is ​wanted or ​needed, or to make someone ​feelpleased because a ​particulardesiredresult has ​happened: Giving the ​baby her ​bottleseemed to satisfy her, and she ​stoppedcrying. I am not really satisfied with the ​job you did. To satisfy a ​standard is to show that you are ​qualified for it: I’d like to go to that ​college if I can satisfy the ​entrancerequirements. To be satisfied is also to be ​sure, with all ​yourdoubtsremoved: [+ that clause] I’m satisfied that the ​doctors did all they could to ​save her.
(Definition of satisfy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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