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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For me, what is most gratifying is the ability to use my own skill set to help grow and inspire more philanthropy in Lake County. Karen Berkowitz,, "Shout Out: Miah Armour, foundation director," 25 June 2018 Learning from them how to change attitudes and change laws has been extremely gratifying. Emily Zemler,, "Ian McKellen reflects on an unconventional career laid bare in the documentary 'Playing the Part'," 20 June 2018 How gratifying is this run for you personally after completely rebuilding the roster over the past few seasons? William Guillory,, "Q&A with Dell Demps about Pelicans' run to the playoffs, growth of the team," 12 Apr. 2018 What feels the most gratifying is knowing that each student in my class was admitted on the exact same standards. WSJ, "Dumbing Down New York’s Public Schools," 12 June 2018 So what happened Tuesday night at AT&T Park was especially gratifying, as their new star came through in a big moment and their closer rebounded from being battered on the same mound a night earlier. Kevin Acee,, "Hosmer's late blast lifts Padres past Giants," 1 May 2018 Learning something entirely new was really fun and gratifying. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Linda Wells on Life After Allure and Her New Beauty Brand," 25 June 2018 Connecting with students and helping them work through difficult problems is the most gratifying. Zipporah Osei,, "Cybersecurity, teacher of the year, and a historical inn," 18 May 2018 This is a decisive and extremely gratifying victory for New Jersey. Justine Mcdaniel,, "Sports betting now legal; ban struck down as N.J. wins Supreme Court case," 14 May 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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