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 Being told this has something to do with the specific forces that shaped your entire generation is more gratifying still. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Why We Can’t Sleep Is a Portrait of Gen X at Midlife," 7 Jan. 2020 Being resourceful could be more gratifying than having things handed to you. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 14, 2019: Pisces, don’t let little things bug you; Virgo, put free time to good use," 14 Dec. 2019 Giving certainly seems to be more gratifying than receiving for students participating in Nazareth Academy’s annual Christmas Gift Drive. Chuck Fieldman,, "Nazareth Academy students proud of Christmas Gift Drive that helps families in need," 9 Dec. 2019 The cold austerity of the film’s title nicely suits the bluntness of its style and content, which pummel the topic in an extremely gratifying fashion. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "A Lifetime Movie Nails the College-Admissions Scandal," 10 Oct. 2019 After not being able to field a team in 2017 and being shut out in nine games in 2018, Anthony Matthews’ touchdown against Catonsville in Week 1 of this season was more gratifying than the average touchdown. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Howard County football notebook: Regular season schedule isn’t what it used to be; Centennial’s Matthews enjoying strong start," 24 Sep. 2019 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

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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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27 Jan 2020

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“Gratifying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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: giving pleasure or satisfaction

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