Sat"is*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Satisfied (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Satisfying (?).] [OF. satisfier; L. satis enough
+ -ficare (in comp.) to make; cf. F. satisfaire, L.
satisfacere. See Sad, a., and
Fact.] 1. In general, to fill up the
measure of a want of (a person or a thing); hence, to grafity fully
the desire of; to make content; to supply to the full, or so far as to
give contentment with what is wished for.
Death shall . . . with us two
Be forced to satisfy his ravenous maw.
2. To pay to the extent of claims or deserts;
to give what is due to; as, to satisfy a creditor.
3. To answer or discharge, as a claim, debt,
legal demand, or the like; to give compensation for; to pay off; to
requite; as, to satisfy a claim or an execution.
4. To free from doubt, suspense, or
uncertainty; to give assurance to; to set at rest the mind of; to
convince; as, to satisfy one's self by inquiry.
The standing evidences of the truth of the gospel are
in themselves most firm, solid, and satisfying.
Syn. -- To satiate; sate; content; grafity; compensate. See
Sat"is*fy (?), v. i. 1.
To give satisfaction; to afford gratification; to leave nothing
to be desired.
2. To make payment or atonement; to