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.
Recent Examples on the Web Critics have lately identified Pitt as a character actor trapped in a leading man’s body, which is what makes his win as a cocky sidekick to Leonardo DiCaprio’s leading man in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood so gratifying. Time, "The Best, Worst and Most Bizarre Moments of the 2020 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 Alongside the priced-within-reach Chiantis and Sancerre Rouges and Scholium Project skin-contact Sauvignon Blanc, follow the Ashkenazi and Italian American cuisine threads through the menu for the most gratifying meal. Los Angeles Times, "Rustic Canyon’s Jeremy Fox opened Santa Monica’s hottest restaurant of the year," 3 Oct. 2019 Among the most gratifying aspects of all of it, says Miliotes, is the ongoing teaching, training and learning that’s part of running the wine bar and restaurant daily. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Disney Springs’ Wine Bar George wins Best Micro Wine List award," 21 Nov. 2019 In Heidi Marcelle’s case, letting the Thanksgiving dinner menu evolve has led to some of the most interesting and gratifying celebrations. May Klisch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mingle tradition with new twists, diverse guests, for a richer Thanksgiving experience," 19 Nov. 2019 There’s nothing more gratifying than a good night’s sleep. Ariel Klein,, "Amazon Shoppers Swear by These Cooling Bamboo Sheets to Combat Night Sweats," 18 Nov. 2019 That was the most gratifying thing for me throughout the process. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Miller and Evan Rachel Wood Unearth the Aftermath of Sexual Assault," 6 Nov. 2019 The combination of arithmetic and programming reminded me of my first encounter with coding back in elementary school, using the now-archaic BASIC programming language to write all kinds of useless but very gratifying bits of code. Keith Law, Ars Technica, "Roundup: Three “programming” board games that will tickle your pseudocode," 26 Oct. 2019 Increasingly, the most gratifying and coherent way to follow professional basketball is to pay closer attention to individual players than to the fortunes of their teams. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Return, and Potential Returns, of the N.B.A.," 25 Oct. 2019

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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 Jan 2020

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“Gratifying.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gratifying

: giving pleasure or satisfaction

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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