From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsatisfactionsat‧is‧fac‧tion /ˌsætəsˈfækʃən/ ●●○ W3 noun 1 [countable, uncountable]SATISFIED a feeling of happiness or pleasure because you have achieved something or got what you wanted OPP dissatisfaction She got great satisfaction from helping people to learn. ‘I’ve passed all my exams, ’ he announced with satisfaction.satisfaction with Finance officials expressed satisfaction with the recovery of the dollar.the satisfaction of knowing/seeing/having etc I didn't want to give him the satisfaction of knowing that I was jealous. for your own satisfaction (=because you want to be sure about something) For her own satisfaction, she checked through the figures again.2 → to somebody’s satisfaction3 [uncountable]ANSWER/REPLY when you get money or an apology from someone who has treated you badly or unfairly I got no satisfaction from the customer complaints department.4 [uncountable] formalSATISFIED when someone gets something that they want, need, or have demandedsatisfaction of the satisfaction of basic human needs sexual satisfactionCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + satisfaction great/deep satisfactionIt was hard work, but it gave her great satisfaction.immense/enormous satisfaction (=very great)The victory gave him immense satisfaction.real satisfaction (=great satisfaction)There is real satisfaction in helping other people to overcome their problems.complete satisfactionThey expressed complete satisfaction with the agreement.personal satisfaction (=happiness with your own life or achievements)The job offered William little personal satisfaction.quiet satisfaction (=satisfaction that you express in a quiet, not very obvious way)He announced with quiet satisfaction that they had achieved their target.grim satisfaction (=when you succeed or are proved right, but do not really feel happy about it)‘That’s exactly what I expected, ’ he said with grim satisfaction.job satisfaction (=enjoyment of your job)In general, job satisfaction among farm workers is extraordinarily high.customer/patient/voter etc satisfaction (=among customers/patients/voters etc)Staff work as a team to achieve customer satisfaction.verbsget satisfaction from something (also gain/derive satisfaction from something formal)I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching.He derived great satisfaction from knowing his son had followed in his footsteps.find satisfaction in somethingThey found satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals.take satisfaction in/from somethingHe took great satisfaction in doing his job well.have the satisfaction of doing somethingThey have the satisfaction of knowing that the company needs them.something gives/brings somebody satisfactionTo have won both awards in the same year gives us great satisfaction.Yet children also bring immense rewards and satisfaction.feel satisfactionAs she looked at what she had created, she felt a quiet satisfaction.express satisfactionThose taking part expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the talks.phrasesa sense/feeling of satisfactionPerforming such a difficult piece gave her a deep sense of satisfaction.a smile/sigh/look of satisfactionHe allowed himself a little smile of satisfaction.the level of satisfaction (=the number of people who feel satisfied)Research shows a high level of satisfaction with the system.a source of satisfaction (=something that gives you a feeling of satisfaction)It is a source of deep satisfaction to him that he was eventually proved to be right.THESAURUSsatisfaction a feeling of happiness or pleasure, especially because you have achieved something good or usefulMost teachers take great pride and satisfaction in their work.pride a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that you get when you or someone connected with you has achieved something goodHer father’s pride in her accomplishments was clear.I was blushing with pride because I had been chosen to be on the team. contentment the feeling of being happy and satisfied because you have what you want or need. Contentment is rather a formal useOnly when you truly know yourself can you find contentment.He sat back with a look of deep contentment on his face.fulfilment British English, fulfillment American English a feeling of being satisfied and happy with your life. Fulfilment is rather a formal useSome women find fulfillment in being a mother, but this is not true for all women.
Examples from the Corpussatisfaction• Most teachers take great pride and satisfaction in their work, and enjoy working with young people.• Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction.• Numerous downsized banks, insurers and retail chains have seen their customers' satisfaction plummet.• The writer gains satisfaction from knowing that the reader is satisfied, and viceversa.• It was something I had never done before and never would again, and it gave me great satisfaction.• Miguel stood there smoking and grunting and nodding to himself with the grim satisfaction that comes when your suspicions are proved correct.• The pay is pretty good, but you don't get much job satisfaction.• Neighbourhood satisfaction was the lowest of all North Side neighbourhoods.• He enjoys coaching the hockey team, and gets a lot of satisfaction from it.• Warner's pay increase reflected his boss's satisfaction with his work.• Patricia sensed, with some satisfaction, that she was an object of curiosity to the cinema attendants.• Hoomey, for a moment, felt a strange satisfaction at making his old Bones happy.• The Algiers agreement failed to work out to the satisfaction of either side.• Infants are concerned only with the satisfaction of their physical needs.• She finished her letter, and read it through with satisfaction.From Longman Business Dictionarysatisfactionsat‧is‧fac‧tion /ˌsætəsˈfækʃən/ noun1[countable, uncountable] the feeling that you are pleased with something you have done, bought, achieved etcOur staff work as a team to achieve customer satisfaction.Financial rewards are important, but so is job satisfaction.2[uncountable] the act of providing what is needed, demanded, or desiredA society should be based on the satisfaction of the needs of everyone.