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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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Other areas that were reported as neutral or not satisfying included:
The leader's responsibility is to find ways of satisfying their peoples values, in addition to getting people aligned to organizational values.
To qualify for a waiver, a taxpayer must attach a statement to each late return for which a waiver is requested agreeing to cooperate with the IRS upon request in determining and satisfying the taxpayer's tax liability for that tax year.
162-27(h)(3) treats such previously approved plans and agreements as satisfying the requirements of Treas.
On the other hand, if C retains sufficient B assets to continue to actively conduct B, its contribution of some of the assets to S should not prevent C from satisfying the active trade or business requirement.
The 3% QNEC counts toward satisfying the minimum allocation gateway for cross-testing purposes.
Also, Griffin pointed out he would go out of business if he did not pay the taxes, arguably satisfying the "direct and proximate" adverse consequences requirement.
IES Industries is thus significant, because it helps taxpayers identify the types of activities that the courts consider important in satisfying the economic-substance and business-purpose tests.