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  Satisfy (Sat"is*fy) (?), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Satisfied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Satisfying (?).]
[OF. satisfier; L. satis enough + -ficare (in comp.) to make; cf. F. satisfaire, L. satisfacere. See Sad, a., and Fact.]

1. In general, to fill up the measure of a want of (a person or a thing); hence, to grafity fully the desire of; to make content; to supply to the full, or so far as to give contentment with what is wished for. "Death shall . . . with us two Be forced to satisfy his ravenous maw." Milton.
2. To pay to the extent of chaims or deserts; to give what is due to; as, to satisfy a creditor.
3. To answer or discharge, as a claim, debt, legal demand, or the like; to give compensation for; to pay off; to requitte; as, to satisfy a claim or an execution.
4. To free from doubrt, suspense, or uncertainty; to give assurance to; as, to satisfy one's self by inquiry. "The standing evidences of the truth of the gospel are in themselves most firm, solid, and satisfying." Atterbury.

Synonyms -- To satiate; sate; content; grafity; compensate. See Satiate.
Satisfy (Sat"is*fy) (?), v. i.

1. To give satisfaction; to afford gratification; to leave nothing to be desire.
2. To make payment or atonement; to atone. Milton.

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