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satisfy (someone, something, or oneself) by (doing something)

1. To make someone, something, or oneself content or pleased by doing something. I knew I could only satisfy my father by becoming a doctor. I'm trying to satisfy myself by turning my passion for art into a profession. You'll never satisfy your employer by doing the bare minimum.
2. To fulfill someone's or something's requirement by doing something. I'm trying to satisfy the college application's community service requirement by volunteering at a local homeless shelter on weekends. Our CEO is in charge of approving these types of budgetary requests, and you'll only satisfy him by showing a detailed plan of how the money will be spent.
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satisfy (someone, something, or oneself) with (something)

1. To make someone, something, or oneself fully content or pleased with some achievement or attainment. I knew I couldn't satisfy my father with a degree in public health. For him, I either became a doctor, or I was a disappointment. I used to worry I wasn't making the most of myself, but I've learned to satisfy myself with my current career trajectory. You'll never satisfy your employer with the bare minimum of effort.
2. To have or use something that fulfills the requirements of someone or something. I'm trying to satisfy the liberal arts requirement with a class on medieval poetry. Our CEO is in charge of approving these types of budgetary requests, and you'll only satisfy him with a detailed plan of how the money will be spent.
See also: satisfy

*pleased with someone or something

happy and satisfied with someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) I am quite pleased with you. You did a fine job. We are pleased with your work.
See also: please
References in classic literature ?
I sent my gentleman a short letter, therefore, that I had obeyed his orders in all things but that of going back to the Bath, which I could not think of for many reasons; that however parting from him was a wound to me that I could never recover, yet that I was fully satisfied his reflections were just, and would be very far from desiring to obstruct his reformation or repentance.
Lothario repaired to his own house, and Anselmo remained in his, as well satisfied as Lothario was troubled in mind; for he could see no satisfactory way out of this ill-advised business.
I will give you to-morrow two thousand crowns in gold for you to offer or even present, and as many more to buy jewels to lure her, for women are fond of being becomingly attired and going gaily dressed, and all the more so if they are beautiful, however chaste they may be; and if she resists this temptation, I will rest satisfied and will give you no more trouble.
Synopsis: Just 11% of blacks are satisfied with the way things are going in the country, according to the 2007 update on Gallup's Minority Rights and Relations survey.
Operation at cost" is satisfied, because each member is required to allocate the patronage refunds received from the cooperative on a patronage basis once a year.
While recognizing the disbursement requirement technically was not satisfied, the IRS effectively waived this requirement by invoking a good-faith exception in the regulations.
Regardless of the manner in which it is satisfied, the requirement of an absolute separate organization must be met during every day of the testing year.
The survey, conducted in early June, found 64 percent of respondents saying they were satisfied with Binay and 22 percent saying they were dissatisfied with him, resulting in a net score (satisfied minus dissatisfied) of a good +42.
Synopsis: Six in 10 Republicans say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.
When asked whether the information requested was provided in a courteous manner, more than 68% of respondents were extremely satisfied and more than 16% were very satisfied with the courteousness of how the information was provided to them.
The June 23-26 survey found 60 percent of respondents satisfied with the Vice President's performance and 24 percent dissatisfied, resulting in a +36 net satisfaction rating (satisfied minus dissatisfied).
Delivery of quality care to the patients is only possible if the nursing staff is satisfied with his/ her job.
Judgments are filed in Chelan County Superior Court as records of judgments paid or satisfied.
Islamabad -- 52% Pakistanis are not satisfied with the performance of the government in controlling the economic crisis says Gilani Research Foundation (GRF Polls) carried out by Gallup Pakistan.