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disappoint

dis·ap·point

disappoint

 
 
pronunciation:
dIs poInt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disappointed, disappointing, disappoints
definition 1: to fail to fulfill the expectations, wishes, or hopes of.
Not getting the scholarship she'd hoped for naturally disappointed her.The young man's uncharitable behavior toward his sister disappointed his parents.The show's writers were disappointed by its poor ratings.
synonyms:
fail, let down
antonyms:
gratify, impress, satisfy
similar words:
betray, disenchant, disillusion, dissatisfy, frustrate
definition 2: to prevent the fulfillment of (desires, plans, expectations, or the like); thwart; frustrate.
The foul weather disappointed the crew's expectation of making land by nightfall.
synonyms:
thwart
similar words:
defeat, foil, frustrate
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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.
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