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[grat-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌgræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the state of being gratified; great satisfaction.
something that gratifies; source of pleasure or satisfaction.
the act of gratifying.
Archaic. a reward, recompense, or gratuity.
Origin of gratification
1590-1600; < Latin grātificātiōn- (stem of grātificātiō). See gratify, -ation
Related forms
nongratification, noun
overgratification, noun
pregratification, noun
supergratification, noun
1. pleasure, relish, delight, enjoyment, comfort. Unabridged
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  • It was not clear how far their demands would go for personalization, satisfaction, and instant gratification.
  • In general, students of this generation have been raised with routine instant gratification.
  • They found that the more education a villager had, the longer he was willing to delay gratification in return for a bigger reward.
  • Clearly, healthy, eating results in immediate gratification.
  • Primates can delay gratification to earn a bigger prize.
  • The reward of doing something so mundane is regularly dismissed in a culture where process is seen as a barrier to gratification.
  • They're suckers for the instant gratification of booze and drugs.
  • But when choosing in the present, they give up huge future benefits for immediate gratification.
  • If prehistoric humans got instant gratification from cooperating, he says, that may have aided group survival.
  • Scientists have long thought that delayed gratification requires a sense of self, but experiments with dogs show otherwise.
British Dictionary definitions for gratification


the act of gratifying or the state of being gratified
something that gratifies
an obsolete word for gratuity
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Word Origin and History for gratification

1590s, from Middle French gratification or directly from Latin gratificationem (nominative gratificatio) "obligingness, complaisance," noun of action from past participle stem of gratificari (see gratify).

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