Most of the meddlers in our lives do it to gratify their own egos or because they mistakenly believe they are helping.
There is the desire to gratify an impulse, and very little more.
Why should we cultivate talents merely to gratify the caprice of tyrants?
The only doubt was, as to their being strong enough to gratify it.
But you see Sir Peter adores me so that he hastens to gratify my smallest wish.
It would surprise (and gratify) me if I should be able to get another book ready for the press within the next three years.
He was certainly not the child who would ever gratify her vanities.
The tobacco was to gratify my men, who said of all things they most wanted to cheer them was something to smoke.
I am sure I should be glad to gratify you, but we have so many expenses.
I was compelled to break off the talk by wire to gratify the curiosity of the General and Staff by an explanation.
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.