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

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 How to pronounce gratifyingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of gratifying in a Sentence

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

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Watching this remarkable cast bring new life to Harold Pinter’s greatest work has been one of the most gratifying and exciting experiences of my life in the theater. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Tom Hiddleston will make his Broadway debut with revival of Betrayal," 27 June 2019 Our next foray to McGee Creek proved almost as gratifying. Doug Hansen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warm-weather adventures at Mammoth," 26 June 2019 And even better, the thrill of discovery is just as gratifying. Quanta Magazine, "Deep Secrets and the Thrill of Discovery," 25 Feb. 2016 One of the most gratifying aspects of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s current concentration on live orchestra-to-film concerts is, well, you. Peter Dobrin,, "Classical summer: Bradley Cooper, Harry Potter, piano stars, Yannick debuts at a spiffed-up Mann Center," 5 June 2019 Building your own house is incredibly gratifying, just know that construction skills take practice and your house may not turn out as polished as one done by a pro. Jeff Layton, The Seattle Times, "Your PNW vacation home: Planning for expenses and where to save," 29 Mar. 2019 Then, a slow, selective reintroduction of devices and apps, each one allowed back in the name of productivity and gratifying leisure. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "A Computer Scientist's Guide To Dumping the Needless Tech In Your Life," 25 Feb. 2019 That misguided expectation made it all the more gratifying and emotional to watch Black Panther not just be nominated, but win big. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Chadwick Boseman’s Acceptance Speech for Black Panther’s SAG Win Will Give You Goosebumps," 28 Jan. 2019 Not every design problem is so gratifying to solve. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Apartment Tour: An Ethereal Home in Rotterdam," 1 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gratifying

: giving pleasure or satisfaction

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