verb (gratifies, gratifying, gratified)[with object]
- With this in mind, I am most gratified with the test results and would guess that someone with younger eyes could do even better.
- Thus far, we are extremely gratified by the results, but the road has not been easy.
- Because we use the same verb to characterize what pleases and what gratifies us, we are inclined to expect, erroneously, that the liking comes from the same source.
- Looking at the evolutionary history of four everyday domesticated plants (apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes), he argues that their success stems from their ability to gratify human desires.
- Anyone who abuses young girls in order to gratify their sexual desires can and must expect custodial sentences to mark the public abhorrence of this type of behaviour.
- Under colonialism, a nation is a ground on which men may gratify their desires for control and honor.
- Example sentences
- Simplifying, downshifters sacrifice money for time, deferrers sacrifice time for money, and gratifiers sacrifice money later for money now.
- Secondly, agreement on many matters is a relatively cheap gratifier.
- The need gratifier can be anyone - father, mother, aunt, uncle, brother, sister.
- Example sentences
- You look so well, they all cooed, gratifyingly unaware of just how dog-rough I was feeling on the inside.
- But, as Thomas gratifyingly points out, newspapers are too dependent on revenue from movie-industry advertising to publish too many honest considerations of film.
- And, gratifyingly for the school, staff were missed too.
Late Middle English (in the sense 'make pleasing'): from French gratifier or Latin gratificari 'give or do as a favour', from gratus 'pleasing, thankful'.
Words that rhyme with gratifybeatify, ratify, stratify
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