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
Similarly, a balanced home-made ration could satisfy the specific requirements of old dogs and gratify their owners.
Motivation deficiency occurs when an individual is completely frustrated in attempting to gratify a specific need.
Custody awards are not made or changed to gratify the desires of either parent, or to reward or punish either one of them.
Custody awards are not made or changed to punish or reward or gratify the desires of either parent.
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