Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

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 of gratify
1350-1400
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for gratified
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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 Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • For the time being, conscience was muted by gratified ambition.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • A year ago her half promise to Joe had gratified her sense of romance.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The first evening or two Christine's pleasure in having him there gratified him.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The Assistant Commissioner was surprised and gratified extremely.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • It was a project which pleased her taste, and gratified her aristocratic notions.

British Dictionary definitions for gratified

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gratified

gratify

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gratify

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gratified

14
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gratified