gratify

[grat-uh-fahy]
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; Middle English gratifien < Latin grātificāre, equivalent to grāt(us) pleasing + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy

gratifiable, adjective
gratifiedly [grat-uh-fahy-id-lee, -fahyd-] , 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

grateful, gratified (see synonym study at grateful).


1. please, delight, gladden. 1, 2. See humor.
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gratify (ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to satisfy or please
2.  to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
3.  obsolete to reward
 
[C16: from Latin grātificārī to do a favour to, from grātus grateful + facere to make]
 
'gratifier
 
n

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gratify
c.1540, "to show gratitude to," from L. 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 1568.
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Example sentences
Grant gratified a long-cherished desire by visiting this country.
Here you have a choice, depending on how distressed or gratified you would be
  if he or she were to leave.
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.
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