gratifies, gratifying, gratified
1) VERB If you are gratified by something, it gives you pleasure or satisfaction. [FORMAL]

[be V-ed] Mr. Dambar was gratified by his response. [Also V n]

Derived words:
gratified ADJ-GRADED oft ADJ to-inf, ADJ that

He was gratified to hear that his idea had been confirmed...

They were gratified that America kept its promise.

gratifying ADJ-GRADED

We took a chance and we've won. It's very gratifying.

...a gratifying development.

gratification [[t]græ̱tɪfɪke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

He is waiting for them to recognise him and eventually they do, much to his gratification.

2) VERB If you gratify your own or another person's desire, you do what is necessary to please yourself or them. [FORMAL]

[V n] We gratified our friend's curiosity...

[V n] Every whim will be gratified.

Derived words:
gratification N-UNCOUNT

...sexual gratification.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Gratify — Grat i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gratified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gratifying}.] [F. gratifier, L. gratificari; gratus pleasing + ficare (in comp.) to make. See { fy}.] 1. To please; to give pleasure to; to satisfy; to soothe; to indulge; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gratify — (v.) c.1400, to bestow grace upon; 1530s, to show gratitude to, from Fr. gratifier (16c.) or directly from L. gratificari to do favor to, oblige, gratify, from gratus pleasing (see GRACE (Cf. grace)) + root of facere make, do, perform (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gratify — index accommodate, bestow, consent, favor, grant (concede), pander, sanction, satisfy ( …   Law dictionary

  • gratify — *please, delight, rejoice, gladden, tickle, regale Analogous words: content, *satisfy: indulge, humor, pamper Antonyms: anger: offend, affront (by inattention): disappoint (desires, hopes) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gratify — [v] give pleasure; satisfy appease, arride, baby*, cater to, coddle, content, delectate, delight, do one proud*, do the trick*, enchant, favor, fill the bill*, fulfill*, get one’s kicks*, gladden, hit the spot*, humor, indulge, make a hit*, make… …   New thesaurus

  • gratify — ► VERB (gratifies, gratified) 1) give pleasure or satisfaction. 2) indulge or satisfy (a desire). DERIVATIVES gratification noun gratifier noun gratifying adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • gratify — [grat′i fī΄] vt. gratified, gratifying [Fr gratifier < L gratificare, gratificari, to oblige, please < gratus, pleasing (see GRACE) + ficare, FY] 1. to give pleasure or satisfaction 2. to give in to; indulge; humor 3. Archaic to reward SYN …   English World dictionary

  • gratify — UK [ˈɡrætɪfaɪ] / US [ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms gratify : present tense I/you/we/they gratify he/she/it gratifies present participle gratifying past tense gratified past participle gratified formal [usually passive] to make someone… …   English dictionary

  • gratify — /ˈgrætəfaɪ / (say gratuhfuy) verb (t) (gratified, gratifying) 1. to give pleasure to (persons) by satisfying desires or humouring inclinations or feelings. 2. to satisfy; indulge; humour: to gratify desires; to gratify appetites. 3. Obsolete to… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • gratify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle French gratifier, from Latin gratificari to show kindness to, from gratus + ificari, passive of ificare ify Date: 1539 1. archaic remunerate, reward 2. to be a source of or give pleasure or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gratify — gratifiable, adj. gratifiedly /grat euh fuy id lee, fuyd /, adv. gratifier, n. /grat euh fuy /, v.t., gratified, gratifying. 1. to give pleasure to (a person or persons) by satisfying desires or humoring inclinations or feelings: Her praise will… …   Universalium

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