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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gratify

gratified

gratifying

  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 in a sentence

  1. A guilty verdict would gratify the victim's relatives.

  2. He's only concerned with gratifying his own desires.



Origin and Etymology 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 for Students

gratified

gratifying

  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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