November 06, 2011
satisfy (verb)
\SAT-us-fye\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to do what has been agreed upon in2 a : to make happy : please b : to meet the needs of : appease3 : convince4 : to measure up to : meet
How do you use it?
Riley went straight to the coach to satisfy her curiosity as to why a rookie was pitching the play-off game.
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Which one of these words do you think is related to "satisfy"?

Answer B is the most satisfactory choice. The link between "satisfy" and "artificial" is the Latin verb "facere," which means "to do" or "to make." To come up with "satisfy," "facere" was combined with another Latin word, "satis," meaning "enough." The literal meaning of "satisfy" is "to do enough." "Facere" joined with the prefix "art-," meaning "skill," to produce "artificial," whose original Latin meaning was "made by art." Something that is "artificial" is made by the skill or artistry of humans rather than by nature. Other English words that have "facere" as their root include "perfect," "fashion," "manufacture," and "benefit."
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