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
Recent Examples on the Web His recollections make her sound like a person who would ace the marshmallow test—the social science experiment that suggests children who can delay gratification will go on to greater success in life. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Cathie Wood mentor Arthur Laffer says the ARK CEO’s horizon has always been ‘forever’," 30 Mar. 2021 Clearly, many of us love our Amazon Prime accounts, same-day delivery, and instant gratification shopping fixes, but at what cost? Shirley Leung,, "An Amazon warehouse at Widett Circle? Boston deserves better.," 5 Mar. 2021 Fans of the grape aren’t exactly known for resisting instant gratification. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Wine gift ideas guaranteed to surprise and delight," 11 Dec. 2020 My Republican colleagues and I refused to kill the Senate for instant gratification. Mitch Mcconnell, WSJ, "The Scorched-Earth Senate," 17 Mar. 2021 Relatively immediate gratification had more power to change behavior and meet goals than a grant of stock options, vesting over time. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why saying ‘no’ is such a powerful word," 15 Mar. 2021 In Roman times, corrupt nobles of influence and power often pursued gladiators for psychosexual gratification. John Kass,, "Column: The end of Cuomo: Cui bono? Who benefits?," 13 Mar. 2021 After seeing the magic of potent exfoliators, Grewal wanted to bring that into people’s homes so that a visit to the derm or spa wasn’t required for that same instant gratification. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, "New Skincare Line Ambari Delivers Results In One Night," 4 Mar. 2021 In a state where our political leaders put a premium on short-term gratification and try to do everything — from public education to public health to transportation — on the cheap, we got left out in the cold. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: How Texans got left out in the cold by ERCOT and our political leaders," 16 Feb. 2021

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Gratification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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