grat·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌgra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce gratification (audio)
: reward, recompense
monetary gratification for a job well done
especially : gratuity
: the act of gratifying : the state of being gratified
the gratification of physical appetites
: a source of satisfaction or pleasure
found gratification in getting his novel published

Examples of gratification in a Sentence

eating good chocolate gives me a sense of intense gratification
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Word History


see gratify

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gratification was in 1576

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“Gratification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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