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gratifying

[grat-uh-fahy-ing] /ˈgræt əˌfaɪ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to gratify; giving or causing satisfaction; pleasing.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; gratify + -ing2
Related forms
gratifyingly, adverb
nongratifying, adjective
nongratifyingly, adverb
ungratifying, adjective
Synonyms

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; 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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Examples for gratifying
  • AS gratifying as it is to take pictures, there's one heavy price to be paid: you have to put them somewhere.
  • Besides gratifying players, the scores signal worthiness to other potential employers.
  • Hitting rock bottom is generally not a gratifying experience.
  • It's gratifying to see some scientific data on this.
  • Hundreds of people a day use it and whether you're donating or getting stuff you need it's a mutually gratifying experience.
  • The meet proved a gratifying success and the races were spiritedly contested.
  • Medical research can have big rewards-both in gratifying discoveries and in potentially turning them into profitable treatments.
  • There's even that crunching sound enemies make when you tear into them and perform horrifically gratifying execution moves.
  • To tell the truth, the discovery of this version of me was so gratifying that it swept away some of my self-distrust.
  • No doubt many doctors find it gratifying to see themselves as spiritual guides.
British Dictionary definitions for gratifying

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

gratifying

/ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪɪŋ/
adjective
1.
giving one satisfaction or pleasure
Derived Forms
gratifyingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gratifying
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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