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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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 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,, "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

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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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