Definition of “satisfaction” - English Dictionary

“satisfaction” in British English

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satisfactionnoun

uk /ˌsæt.ɪsˈfæk.ʃən/ us /ˌsæt̬.ɪsˈfæk.ʃən/

B2 [ C or U ] a pleasant feeling that you get when you receive something you wanted, or when you have done something you wanted to do:

She looked at the finished painting with satisfaction.
She derived/obtained great satisfaction from/out of helping other people.
For me, job satisfaction is more important than the money.
She had the satisfaction of knowing that she'd done everything she could.

[ U ] formal a way of dealing with a complaint or problem that makes the person who complained feel happy:

You've sold me a defective product and I demand satisfaction (= you must return my money or give me a new product).

[ U ] the act of fulfilling (= achieving) a need or wish:

the satisfaction of one's sexual desires
to sb's satisfaction

C2 in a way that a particular person can believe or accept:

The boy explained to the satisfaction of the court why he had lied.

C2 in a way that a particular person feels pleased or satisfied with:

He won't get paid until he completes the job to my satisfaction.

More examples

  • She felt a warm glow of satisfaction.
  • The Finance Minister's fall from grace gave the tabloid press great satisfaction.
  • I get a lot of satisfaction from cooking.
  • It gave me great satisfaction to learn that he'd been sacked.
  • She smiled with satisfaction.

(Definition of “satisfaction” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“satisfaction” in American English

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satisfactionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌsæt̬·əsˈfæk·ʃən/

the pleasant feeling you get when you receive something you wanted, or when you have done or are doing something you wanted to do:

[ U ] She looked at the finished painting with satisfaction.
[ U ] He had the satisfaction of knowing he had done the right thing.
[ U ] The job had to be done to our satisfaction (= to a standard that we approved).

Satisfaction is also the condition of having a desire or need fulfilled.

(Definition of “satisfaction” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“satisfaction” in Business English

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satisfactionnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌsætɪsˈfækʃən/ us

a pleasant feeling that you get when you receive something you wanted, or when you have done something you wanted to do:

have the satisfaction of (doing) sth In our job, we have the satisfaction of knowing we are making a difference.
What career values are central to an individual's career satisfaction?
client/consumer/employee satisfaction

a situation in which your complaint or problem is dealt with in a way you consider acceptable:

You've sold me a faulty product, and I demand satisfaction.
to the satisfaction of sb also to sb's satisfaction

if something is done to someone's satisfaction, they are happy with the result:

Was the work successfully completed to the client's satisfaction?

(Definition of “satisfaction” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)