grat·​i·​fy·​ing ˈgra-tə-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce gratifying (audio)
: giving pleasure or satisfaction : pleasing
a gratifying result
gratifyingly adverb

Examples of gratifying in a Sentence

It was a gratifying victory. The response has been gratifying.
Recent Examples on the Web Sharing enthusiasm is the far more gratifying (and, happily, more frequent) part of the job. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Such uniformity might be more gratifying if theory could explain the observations. Richard Panek, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 So to find a readership at all, is so gratifying, and I’m still really touched by it. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2023 On the rare occasion that that is embraced, nothing is more gratifying. Vrinda Jagota, Pitchfork, 24 Oct. 2023 Fans will find the documentary revelatory and, because his respect for and understanding of his fans is so central to his success, emotionally gratifying as well. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Oct. 2023 One of the most gratifying things is that children love that song so much. Vrinda Jagota, Pitchfork, 24 Oct. 2023 And getting to work with writers like Vivien Goldman and Amy Linden was very gratifying. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 23 Oct. 2023 For decades, New Hampshire has generated brisk and gratifying drama with its first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 10 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gratifying was circa 1611

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“Gratifying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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