gratify


grat·i·fy

transitive verb \ˈgra-tə-ˌfī\

: to make (someone) happy or satisfied

: to do or give whatever is wanted or demanded by (someone or something)

grat·i·fiedgrat·i·fy·ing

Full Definition of GRATIFY

1
archaic :  remunerate, reward
2
:  to be a source of or give pleasure or satisfaction to <it gratified him to have his wife wear jewels — Willa Cather>
3
:  to give in to :  indulge, satisfy <gratify a whim>

Examples of GRATIFY

  1. A guilty verdict would gratify the victim's relatives.
  2. He's only concerned with gratifying his own desires.

Origin of GRATIFY

Middle French gratifier, from Latin gratificari to show kindness to, from gratus + -ificari, passive of -ificare -ify
First Known Use: 1539

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

Rhymes with GRATIFY

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