- 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 gratify
Most of the meddlers in our lives do it to gratify their own egos or because they mistakenly believe they are helping.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
I then repelled that curiosity, for my mind was not in a situation to gratify it.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
It would be a poor thing to gratify a prejudice against him.Little Dorrit
Why should we cultivate talents merely to gratify the caprice of tyrants?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
I did not feel disposed to gratify her curiosity, and said I did not know yet what I should do.
But you see Sir Peter adores me so that he hastens to gratify my smallest wish.
- to satisfy or please
- to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
- obsolete to reward
Word Origin and History for gratify
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.