verb (used with object)

  1. to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of: His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
  2. to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate: to be disappointed in love.

verb (used without object)

  1. to bring or cause disappointment.

verb (tr)

  1. to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
  2. to prevent the fulfilment of (a plan, intention, etc); frustrate; thwart

early 15c., “dispossess of appointed office,” from Middle French desappointer (14c.) “undo the appointment, remove from office,” from des- (see dis-) + appointer “appoint” (see appoint).

Modern sense of “to frustrate expectations” (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of “fail to keep an appointment.” Related: Disappointed; disappointing.

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