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

Examples of gratification in a Sentence

eating good chocolate gives me a sense of intense gratification
Recent Examples on the Web Firefighting, Josh said, triggered a very different high than drugs: the gratification of hard work, a sense of purpose. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021 Digital solutions can be used to provide instant gratification — such as motivators, incentives and rewards for taking positive steps forward and small acknowledgments that celebrate things like length of sobriety. Steve Peretz, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 But the biggest hurdle may be adjusting the expectations of high-profile collectors accustomed to instant gratification. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 The demand for instant gratification has seeped into everything. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2022 The citizens of Latitude Margaritaville testify so consistently to a life of gratification that one suspects, but finds no evidence for, a regimen of happy pills or talking points. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 In this era of instant-gratification online shopping, buying a Birkin is quaintly and, perhaps snobbily, arduous. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 Ours has become the ultimate instant-gratification society, and the idea of baseball, the thinking man’s game, isn’t exactly scratching where most sports fans are itching. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 The pandemic has delayed gratification, meetings and trips. Star Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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7 May 2022

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“Gratification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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