grat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌgra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce gratification (audio) \

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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My brain, like many others with the disorder, also prefers instant gratification. Gia Miller, SELF, "Hiring a Coach for My ADHD Transformed My Life and Productivity," 27 Mar. 2019 Baseball, in particular, is the antithesis of the instant-gratification smartphone era. WSJ, "Rule Changes in Pro Sports Always Favor More Offense," 26 Mar. 2019 Decades later, the team revisited their test subjects to examine the correlation between an early ability to delay gratification (as represented by holding out for the second marshmallow) and later success. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Why Delayed Gratification in the Marshmallow Test Doesn’t Equal Success," 6 June 2018 The small screen feeds instant gratification with flashiness... Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Is Wearing Black Boring? Not if You Consider Its Scandalous Past," 27 Feb. 2019 For the short-term, and while my grief prevents me from planning too far ahead, fleeting connections and temporary gratification bring me great comfort. Anjali Pinto,, "I was judged for having sex after my husband died, but I think he would have understood," 22 Apr. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of gratification was in 1576

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grat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌgra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce gratification (audio) \

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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