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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Personal gratification, improvement and love will attract positive attention and help improve your relationships with others. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Sept. 11, 2019," 11 Sep. 2019 Such outrageous stories and outsized personalities make for good subjects, of course, and the viewer is mainly treated to examples of presumption and ego-gratification that are often par for the course where dictatorship is concerned. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Kingmaker': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Yet this guarantor of deferred gratification turned out to be better at promising than following through. The Economist, "Darwin was more Christian than he thought," 29 Aug. 2019 The fundamental principle of investing is delayed gratification. Steve Booren, The Denver Post, "Improving investor behavior: Strengthen your financial superpowers," 21 July 2019 Our instant gratification needs lead to more shipping from Amazon and other suppliers, and conservation is not part of the equation. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: I took the contents of my blue bin to the recycling center. Here’s what I learned," 17 Aug. 2019 While genetics isn’t everything, studies show our ability to withstand instant gratification is in part determined by our DNA. Jamie Sumner, Washington Post, "My son struggles with self-control. Here’s how I’m helping him find his way.," 22 July 2019 Without devotion, belief becomes grounded in little more than trivial gratification—and gets outcompeted by the multitude of things that are far more trivially gratifying. WSJ, "Where Did All the Faith Go?," 9 July 2019 The pace of life has moved on, everyone needs instant gratification, there's so much tracks and channels. Matt Majendie, CNN, "John Gosden: A trainer to rulers, royals and billionaires," 11 June 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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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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