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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The new paper, with a larger, more diverse sample and more rigorous methods found this: Delaying gratification at age 5 doesn’t say much about your future. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The tactics used by the youngsters to distract themselves had implications for delayed gratification in adults. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "R.I.P. Walter Mischel, father of the infamous Marshmallow Test," 14 Sep. 2018 But my expectations of instant gratification also come at a cost, writes Jason Farman, a media-studies scholar at the University of Maryland. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Delayed Response’ Review: A Better Way to Wait," 4 Dec. 2018 The age of immediate gratification online hasn’t made young children needier for immediate rewards, a psychology journal found. Tauhid Chappell, Philly.com, "Supreme Courts decision could affect Pennsylvania politics, two casinos open in Atlantic city | Morning Newsletter," 28 June 2018 Ferrari also says there’s an immediate sense of gratification that accompanies getting rid of something that’s annoying us. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Let's hear it for Memorial Day weekend at the beach. Oh, but the litter ...," 24 May 2018 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

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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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