gratification

noun
grat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌgra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of gratification

1 : reward, recompense monetary gratification for a job well done especially : gratuity
2 : the act of gratifying : the state of being gratified the gratification of physical appetites
3 : a source of satisfaction or pleasure found gratification in getting his novel published

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Examples of gratification in a Sentence

eating good chocolate gives me a sense of intense gratification

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Then if one of them is able to delay gratification, and the other one isn’t, does that matter? Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The psychologist who famously demonstrated the importance of being able to delay gratification to achieving later success in life died on September 12 in New York City. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "R.I.P. Walter Mischel, father of the infamous Marshmallow Test," 14 Sep. 2018 Efforts have been made to link a child’s ability to resist immediate gratification with all kinds of benefits later in life — higher SAT scores, lower divorce rates, and more — but such linkages often fail to stand up to scrutiny. Ian Haydon, Philly.com, "Despite what parents might think, kids have gotten better at self-control," 27 June 2018 Massive, tax deductible gifts from wealthy donors to affluent schools have faced criticism for being inefficient exercises in ego gratification. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Michael Bloomberg to Give Johns Hopkins Record $1.8 Billion," 18 Nov. 2018 MeToo is the result of our cultural centering of cis-male pleasure and desire, which seeks gratification through the use of feminine bodies. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "Sexual Assault Survivors Talk About Sex After Rape," 2 Aug. 2018 The millennial generation is also the generation of instant gratification. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Are Marriage and Babies the New Naked Selfie?," 27 July 2018 But in this era of instant gratification, who wants to wait until 2021? Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?," 28 Apr. 2018 Though there is some instant gratification the day after, two to six treatments spaced a week or two apart are recommended, at $200 to $400 a pop, to get full clearing, and maintenance rounds are needed every three to six months. Katie Becker, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Gorgeous Skin at Every Age," 5 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of gratification

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gratification

see gratify

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gratification

noun
grat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌgra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of gratification

1 : the act of giving pleasure or satisfaction to : the state of being pleased or satisfied She expects immediate gratification of her desires.
2 : something that pleases or satisfies His life offers few gratifications.

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