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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.
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satisfy (someone or an animal) with something

to use something to please or content someone or an animal. Do you think I can satisfy Mrs. Franklin with payment for her broken window? A dog biscuit will satisfy the dog until its regular feeding time.
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satisfy something by something

 and satisfy something with something
to fulfill a requirement, using a particular thing, such as a school or college course. Can I satisfy the requirements by taking a course in art? Will I satisfy the requirement with this course?
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Fans of this book who appreciate its blend of romance, mythology and mystery will await Book Two with baited breath: the combination of mythical and human worlds is satisfyingly complex and concludes with evidence that the real drama is only just beginning.
SATISFYINGLY RICH: Stephen Jackson's Lobster & Pasta Salad
A trencherman's meal, satisfyingly thick and meaty.
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Combined with the short, crisply written chapter-essays, they make Narnia Beckons an irresistible page turner and a book that can be satisfyingly sampled piecemeal: just jump in at any point in the volume and you will be richly rewarded.
She draws upon her years of experience and expertise in The Body "Knows" Cookbook to compile an impressive collection of recipes, tips, ideas, and thematically appropriate information to complement individual health and diet programs with foods and meal ideas that will be truly enjoyed and satisfyingly appreciated.
Despite the short length of his "novels," Manganelli not only provides a great range of genres--ghost stories, love stories, tall tales, and so on--but also manages to end each story satisfyingly.
Anderson danced in his own Parables of Mutants and Madmen, a satisfyingly big piece; he and the 4 members of his dance theatre X were joined by 10 guest performers.
Recalling the consequential derivation of flat iron buildings, 71-77 Southwark Street actually has two addresses, occupying a narrow plot that faces south onto Farnham Place; a physical given, that along with orientation, rights of light and accessibility, somehow make this highly particular response satisfyingly inevitable.
That film is the satisfyingly heartbreaking indie drama Latter Days, a multiple award-winner on the gay and lesbian film festival circuit that marks the directorial debut of out screenwriter C.
This is a satisfyingly rich blend that displays a good concentration of spicy berry fruit.
It's one of the most thoughtful popular books I've seen, a true marriage of gracious design, evocative photographs and satisfyingly good writing.
They showcased some satisfyingly punkish material from new EP The Streets Of London, which was as infectious as their performance.
Although I found myself wondering about the successful transformation of some of the vocal works in this collection, such as Casta Diva by Bellini, I was pleasantly surprised at how satisfyingly pianistic these sections actually were.
These subside to almonds, raisins and, finally, a satisfyingly rich, dry lingering finish.