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gratify

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verb grat·i·fy \ˈgra-tə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of gratify

  • : to make (someone) happy or satisfied

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

Full Definition of gratify

grat·i·fiedgrat·i·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  remunerate, reward

  3. 2 :  to be a source of or give pleasure or satisfaction to <it gratified him to have his wife wear jewels — Willa Cather>

  4. 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

Rhymes with gratify

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GRATIFY Defined for Kids

gratify

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verb grat·i·fy \ˈgra-tə-ˌfī\

Definition of gratify

grat·i·fiedgrat·i·fy·ing

  1. 1 :  to give pleasure or satisfaction to <The loud applause gratified her.>

  2. 2 :  to do or give whatever is wanted by <He only wants to gratify his wishes.>





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