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Language tip of the week: to make someone feel satisfied

Written by Liz Potter
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This set of language tips will explore the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks at verbs and phrases that mean to make someonefeel satisfied:

satisfy to please someone by giving them something they want or need:

an agreement that is unlikely to satisfy environmentalists 

  • It is impossible to satisfy everyone.

Keep someone happy/satisfied to do what is necessary to make someone continue to feel happy or satisfied:

  • I said I’d go just to keep her happy.
  • Keeping customers satisfied is the best way to keep us in our jobs.

please to make someone feel happy and satisfied:

  • He’ll do anything to please her.
  • It pleased her teachers to see her making progress.

fulfil to make someone happy and satisfied, because they are doing something important or using their abilities:

  • Being a wife and mother doesn’t really fulfil me.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘to make someone happy or happier‘.

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