gratifying

adjective
grat·​i·​fy·​ing | \ ˈgra-tə-ˌfī-iŋ \

Definition of gratifying

: giving pleasure or satisfaction : pleasing a gratifying result

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Other Words from gratifying

gratifyingly \ ˈgra-​tə-​ˌfī-​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of gratifying in a Sentence

It was a gratifying victory. The response has been gratifying.

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Not every design problem is so gratifying to solve. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Apartment Tour: An Ethereal Home in Rotterdam," 1 Oct. 2018 Given the decades of suffering that the Red Sox endured – and the gratifying feeling that followed the team’s eventual breakthrough after 86 years, maybe this is the right path for you? Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "An American’s guide to picking a team to root for in the World Cup," 14 June 2018 Healing and moving forward created one of the most electric and gratifying moments of my career. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Drake, Meek Mill end long-standing feud at Boston concert," 10 Sep. 2018 For many Italians, starved for a national show of strength after years of marginalization, the standoff was almost as gratifying as a World Cup victory. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Why Italy Dares to Turn Away Refugees," 18 June 2018 Why is this particular switcheroo so gratifying when so many of the show’s other shenanigans have been maddening? Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead just pulled its best switcheroo in years," 29 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the most difficult — but most gratifying — category to test is skin care. Jess Bonham, Allure, "Best of Beauty 2018: These Are the 33 Best Skin-Care Products of the Year," 13 Sep. 2018 Doing a deep dive into Bo Burnham over the last week, which is very gratifying ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Eighth Grade’ director Bo Burnham is happy that a lot of people ‘have no idea who I am’," 30 July 2018 David and Sam have figured out how to use every inch of this place, and that's very gratifying. Michael Lassell, ELLE Decor, "Field Notes," 4 May 2012

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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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gratifying

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gratifying

: giving pleasure or satisfaction

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