grat·​i·​fy·​ing | \ ˈgra-tə-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce gratifying (audio) \

Definition of gratifying

: giving pleasure or satisfaction : pleasing a gratifying result

Other Words from gratifying

gratifyingly \ ˈgra-​tə-​ˌfī-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce gratifying (audio) \ adverb

Examples of gratifying in a Sentence

It was a gratifying victory. The response has been gratifying.
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First Known Use of gratifying

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gratifying was circa 1611

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13 Aug 2022

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“Gratifying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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