gratify

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verb grat·i·fy \ˈgra-tə-ˌfī\

Definition of gratify

gratified

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gratifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  remunerate, reward

  3. 2 :  to be a source of or give pleasure or satisfaction to it gratified him to have his wife wear jewels — Willa Cather

  4. 3 :  to give in to :  indulge, satisfy gratify a whim

Examples of gratify in a Sentence

  1. A guilty verdict would gratify the victim's relatives.

  2. He's only concerned with gratifying his own desires.

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Did You Know?

A gratifying experience is quietly pleasing or satisfying. But gratifying an impulse means giving in to it, which isn't always such a good idea, and "instant gratification" of every desire will result in a life based on junk food and worse. Truly gratifying experiences and accomplishments usually are the result of time and effort.

Origin and Etymology of gratify

Middle French gratifier, from Latin gratificari to show kindness to, from gratus + -ificari, passive of -ificare -ify


GRATIFY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gratify for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) happy or satisfied

  • : to do or give whatever is wanted or demanded by (someone or something)


GRATIFY Defined for Kids

gratify

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verb grat·i·fy \ˈgra-tə-ˌfī\

Definition of gratify for Students

gratified

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gratifying

  1. 1 :  to give pleasure or satisfaction to The loud applause gratified her.

  2. 2 :  to do or give whatever is wanted by He only wants to gratify his wishes.



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