Satisfy vs Fulfill - What's the difference?

satisfy | fulfill |

As verbs the difference between satisfy and fulfill

is that satisfy is to do enough; to meet (needs); to fulfill (wishes, requirements) while fulfill is (archaic) to fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.




  • To do enough for; to meet the needs of; to fulfill the wishes or requirements of.
  • I'm not satisfied with the quality of the food here.
  • * Milton
  • Death shall with us two / Be forced to satisfy his ravenous maw.
  • To cause (a sentence) to be true when the sentence is interpreted in one's universe.
  • The complex numbers satisfy \exists x:x^2+1=0.
  • (dated, literary, transitive) To convince by ascertaining; to free from doubt.
  • * Atterbury
  • The standing evidences of the truth of the gospel are in themselves most firm, solid, and satisfying .
  • * 1851 ,
  • I was resolved to satisfy myself whether this ragged Elijah was really dogging us or not, and with that intent crossed the way with Queequeg, and on that side of it retraced our steps.
  • To pay to the extent of what is claimed or due.
  • to satisfy a creditor
  • To answer or discharge (a claim, debt, legal demand, etc.); to give compensation for.
  • to satisfy a claim or an execution


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    Alternative forms

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    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To fill full; fill to the utmost capacity; fill up.
  • To satisfy, carry out, bring to completion (an obligation, a requirement, etc.).
  • To emotionally or artistically satisfy; to develop one's gifts to the fullest.
  • To obey, follow, comply with (a rule, requirement etc.).
  • Derived terms

    * fulfilled * fulfilling * fulfillable * fulfillment