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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?
See also: by, satisfy
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Caption: The team's research revealed five most common "core" (i.e., both highly positive and highly frequent) satisfiers among participants, and four most common core stressors.
Specifically, this study aims to identify and categorize attributes that may favorably (satisfiers) or unfavorably (dissatisfiers) influence participants.
Plus, the fact that between the year 2000 and now we've redressed most of the pay issues and we've gone from where pay was a significant dissatisfier, not to the point where it's a huge satisfier at this point in time--we don't want people to be with us just so they get a high salary--but we wanted to remove it from the dissatisfier where it was really just too tough to go home and look your wife in the eye and say, 'I really like what I'm doing but you're suffering the consequence of it.' We really think we've moved beyond that at this point in time and for the most part, most people don't look upon pay as a major dissatisfier and are actually quite happy with it.
When "must have" and acceptable "satisfier" benefit levels are offered ("critical benefits") and the buyer is aware and able to purchase, such a product/brand is likely to be considered and be competitive.
Contrary to Herzberg et al.'s findings, the data suggested that recognition and advancement were identified as job dissatisfiers rather than satisfiers. Interpersonal relationship with students and peers was a job satisfier rather than a dissatisfier for collegiate student affairs staff.
Matiz Apricot Bread is another delicacy that combines delicious Spanish apricots with rich Marcona almonds for a healthy sweet-tooth satisfier.
Attheraces was a generator of enthusiasm as well as a satisfier. It acted as an advert for live racing.
The chance to play a part in directly helping others through this program is a satisfier beyond words." The accomplishments, commitment, and professionalism of our Navy Supply Corps officers speak highly of the quality training of the Supply Corps Contingency Contracting Program.
A late 1990s article, for example, draws on his classic 1968 Harvard Business Review article, and adapts his 'hygiene' and 'satisfier' factors to apply them to customer satisfaction (Naumann and Jackson, 1999).
These expectations and perceptions can be separated into two groups: hygiene factors and satisfiers. Hygiene factors are mandatory for satisfying customers, whereas satisfiers are enhancing factors--the "extras." A McDonald's customer may indicate that cleanliness is a hygiene factor, but that the children's play area is a satisfier.
The power of packaging as a consumer satisfier, attention getter, and purchase driver is suddenly enormous.
He told the gathering in Des Moines that a man is "his wife's sanctifier," and "his wife's satisfier," responsible for "taking someone from where they are to where they ought to be." Evans invoked Ephesians 5, the chapter from St.
"Sales retention is a hidden cost for the industry, and it would be wrong of me to convince you that this program is the only satisfier for us.
Thus, they concluded that wage was a potential source of dissatisfier rather than satisfier. The results o the present study showed that 44% of the respondents (see Table 7) considered salary as a major cause of job dissatisfaction.