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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And after the rigours of the past both were accustomed to the deferred gratification that heavy investment requires. The Economist, "How a victim of the Cultural Revolution mastered economics," 4 July 2019 Leonard’s spartan work ethic and poker-faced demeanor always suggested that, for him, there was no gratification, only sacrifice. Gilbert Garcia,, "Don’t begrudge Kawhi his Raptors renaissance," 15 June 2019 Republic remains successful on the field and at the gate, and its momentum was strong enough to weather investor upheaval and delayed MLS gratification. Brian Straus,, "Landon Donovan, Warren Smith Team to Bring USL to San Diego," 19 June 2019 Still, becoming Leonardo and Mona Lisa provides a unique brand of emotional gratification. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "See where Leonardo da Vinci still walks the streets," 6 June 2019 Be the better person and give them the extra letter of instant gratification. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Etiquette Secrets of Proper Texting," 30 Apr. 2019 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

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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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