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 Instead of waiting six months for a runway collection to hit shelves—or worse, getting impatient and buying the fast fashion equivalent a month later—consumers would ostensibly be thrilled to pay full price for instant gratification. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, "12 Ways Fashion Was Defined in the 2010s," 19 Dec. 2019 The technology built around our desire for instant gratification — Uber and Lyft, DoorDash and Grubhub, the Amazon packages whizzing from distribution centers to our doorsteps — has become the source of huge amounts of new traffic., "Seeing red," 21 Nov. 2019 The sports fan of today has a waning attention span with a need for immediate gratification. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Are home runs saving — or destroying — Major League Baseball?," 9 July 2019 Like clockwork, the Academy rides into the year on a tide of self-gratification, and, with a few exceptions, the results are unlovely. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Fossilized 2020 Oscar Nominations," 13 Jan. 2020 That’s because understanding why the work is important is what makes an event worthwhile, even more than personal gratification (usually in the form of warm fuzzies after doing something good for a beloved park) does. Alisha Mcdarris, Popular Science, "Show your local park some love by planning a volunteer day," 13 Jan. 2020 Bright and bold or soft and pretty, splashes of color offer immediate gratification in the kitchen-cheer. NBC News, "A splash of color can refresh the kitchen without a remodel," 28 Oct. 2019 The sharper practices of some companies in the space made people think twice about their patronage, as did the dangers of impulse shopping made possible by services offering instant gratification. Jason Karaian, Quartz, "All the ways the world made it harder to be a good person in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 The entertainment and gratification that serves some people is built on a whole global society of human trafficking, modern slavery, and exploitation of others. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Slavery Still Exists All Around the World. Here's How Some Countries Are Trying to Change That," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gratification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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