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disappoint

dis·ap·point

disappoint

 
pronunciation:
dIs poInt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: disappointed, disappointing, disappoints
definition: to fail to do or give something expected or hoped for.
His poor grades disappointed his parents.
synonyms:
fail, let down
antonyms:
gratify, impress, satisfy
similar words:
disillusion, frustrate
derivations: disappointed (adj.), disappointingly (adv.), disappointer (n.)
Word History
Disappoint comes from an early French word that means "to dismiss from an appointment or job."
Word Builder: disappoint +
  • disappointed:
    feeling sad
  • disappointment:
    the sad feeling caused by not doing or receiving something.
Word Parts
The word disappoint contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-