satisfy (someone, something, or oneself) with (something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
For some time, seeing the profound torpor in which their master was plunged, they did not dare to rouse him, and satisfied themselves with exchanging their conjectures in whispers.
When they had satisfied themselves with meat and drink, Calypso spoke, saying:
These satisfied themselves with the stock questions, "You fellow, what's your name?
Club scouts had satisfied themselves with the 25-year-old's since-deleted Wikipedia page and the YouTube video at the top of the post.
And organisers even considered hacking off the ear of a giant stuffed bunny rabbit to supply Santa Claus with the required facial furniture, but in the end satisfied themselves with using the furry section of a fellow crew member's santa hat.
For 2003, they have satisfied themselves with some minor tinkering of the car.