- 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.
- to satisfy; indulge; humor, as one's desires or appetites.
- Obsolete. to reward; remunerate.
Origin of gratify
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Examples from the Web for gratified
The giggle fit continues, finally abated with a gratified sigh.Danielle Brooks, Taystee on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ Is the Breakout Star of the Year
December 11, 2013
What gratified her was that critics and other novelists embraced her book with no idea as to who actually wrote it.J.K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax
July 17, 2013
HarperCollins declined to give further details of the settlement, but said in a statement that it was "gratified."The Legal Brawl Over Palin's Book
November 22, 2010
That love acknowledged, fed, and gratified, when are its demands appeased?
Not improbably, the public may yet be gratified with this collection.Other Tales and Sketches
For the time being, conscience was muted by gratified ambition.Within the Law
A year ago her half promise to Joe had gratified her sense of romance.
The first evening or two Christine's pleasure in having him there gratified him.
- to satisfy or please
- to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
- obsolete to reward
Word Origin and History for gratified
c.1400, "to bestow grace upon;" 1530s, "to show gratitude to," from French gratifier (16c.) or directly from Latin 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 1560s. Related: Gratified; gratifying.