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Language tip of the week: making someone feel satisfied

Liz Potter
Written by Liz Potter

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks at adjectives for describing things that make someone feel satisfied:

satisfying making you feel pleased and happy:
This is a very satisfying result. ♦ She finds writing poetry extremely satisfying.

satisfactory making you feel pleased, by turning out as you had hoped:
a very satisfactory outcome ♦ This new arrangement proved highly satisfactory.
fulfilling making you feel happy and satisfied, because you are doing something important or using your abilities
He has built a fulfilling career in the food industry.
♦ Most victims go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
rewarding giving you satisfaction, because you feel you are doing something useful or important:
Do you find your work rewarding? ♦ Helping those kids was an incredibly rewarding experience.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to talk about ‘making someone feel happy and satisfied‘.

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