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gratify

[grat-uh-fahy] /ˈgræt əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), gratified, gratifying.
1.
to give pleasure to (a person or persons) by satisfying desires or humoring inclinations or feelings:
Her praise will gratify all who worked so hard to earn it.
2.
to satisfy; indulge; humor, as one's desires or appetites.
3.
Obsolete. to reward; remunerate.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English gratifien < Latin grātificāre, equivalent to grāt(us) pleasing + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
gratifiable, adjective
gratifiedly
[grat-uh-fahy-id-lee, -fahyd-] /ˈgræt əˌfaɪ ɪd li, -ˌfaɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
gratifier, noun
overgratify, verb (used with object), overgratified, overgratifying.
pregratify, verb (used with object), pregratified, pregratifying.
supergratify, verb (used with object), supergratified, supergratifying.
ungratifiable, adjective
ungratified, adjective
well-gratified, adjective
Can be confused
grateful, gratified (see synonym study at grateful)
Synonyms
1. please, delight, gladden. 1, 2. See humor.
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  • Grant gratified a long-cherished desire by visiting this country.
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  • He was both horrified and gratified by what his genie wrought.
  • We were gratified to find the shark population so healthy, having counted over a hundred of them on the reef.
  • My anarchic heart can't help but be gratified at these findings.
  • It is not likely that this desire will ever be gratified.
  • Sadly, this impulsive generosity will not be instantly gratified.
  • It would have gratified him to see his ideas so thoroughly tested and to see so many of them confirmed.
  • He said he was gratified by the success of the operation.
  • String theorists would be gratified by its discovery, but that would not prove their case.
British Dictionary definitions for gratified

gratify

/ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to satisfy or please
2.
to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
3.
(obsolete) to reward
Derived Forms
gratifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin grātificārī to do a favour to, from grātus grateful + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for gratified

gratify

v.

c.1400, "to bestow grace upon;" 1530s, "to show gratitude to," from French gratifier (16c.) or directly from Latin gratificari "to do favor to, oblige, gratify," from gratus "pleasing" (see grace) + root of facere "make, do, perform" (see factitious). Meaning "to give pleasure to" is from 1560s. Related: Gratified; gratifying.

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