Definition of gratify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡradəˌfī/

verb (gratifies, gratifying, gratified)

[with object]
1Give (someone) pleasure or satisfaction: I was gratified to see the coverage in May’s issue (as adjective gratifying) the results were gratifying
More example sentences
  • 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.
please, gladden, make happy, delight, make someone feel good, satisfy
informal tickle pink, buck up
1.1Indulge or satisfy (a desire): not all the sexual impulses can be gratified
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  • 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.
satisfy, fulfill, indulge, comply with, pander to, cater to, give in to, satiate, feed, accommodate



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.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡradəˌfīiNGlē/
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 favor', from gratus 'pleasing, thankful'.

Words that rhyme with gratify

beatify, ratify, stratify

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Syllabification: grat·i·fy

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