Definition of gratify
- it gratified him to have his wife wear jewels
- —Willa Cather
A guilty verdict would gratify the victim's relatives.
He's only concerned with gratifying his own desires.
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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.
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