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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But the idea that today’s children need immediate gratification turns out to be wrong. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Kids Today Are Actually More Patient Than Kids 50 Years Ago," 11 July 2018 Some kids these days are better at delaying gratification than their parents and even their grandparents were as children, according to new behavioral research published this week in the journal Developmental Psychology. Ian Haydon,, "Despite what parents might think, kids have gotten better at self-control," 27 June 2018 Jim Harbaugh means well, but his plan smacks of paternalism and delayed gratification. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Michigan coach's athlete payment plan to invest in stocks has its holes," 12 May 2018 His technique is reminiscent of how Season 2 of Westworld played out, only Sharp Objects offers more immediate gratification, solving its puzzles quickly and with precision. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018 On Wednesday, he was charged in court with three counts of criminal breach of trust, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and of using his position for gratification. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Najib Razak, Malaysia’s Fallen Leader, Is Arrested and Charged in 1MDB Scandal," 4 July 2018 That stinks in our instant-gratification world, so the moments the Rangers provided Wednesday are the ones to enjoy in a tough season. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Why Beltre, Andrus were credited for coming up big Wednesday, too | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 In an era of instant gratification and total information, frustration turns out to be one of the most powerful sources of drama. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "“SKAM,” the Radical Teen Drama That Unfolds One Post at a Time," 23 Jan. 2017 LaFountain certainly doesn't seem to get any financial gratification for her work here. Andrea Thompson, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Visual Art / Gender Issues / LGBTQ+ Nerds unite at Challengers for Women’s Comics Night," 9 July 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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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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