Most of the meddlers in our lives do it to gratify their own egos or because they mistakenly believe they are helping.
There is the desire to gratify an impulse, and very little more.
They were not devices to cultivate or gratify licentiousness.
The only doubt was, as to their being strong enough to gratify it.
To have her out of the way here will gratify all the others too much.
It would surprise (and gratify) me if I should be able to get another book ready for the press within the next three years.
There is no greed of glory or gain; no personal ambition to gratify.
The tobacco was to gratify my men, who said of all things they most wanted to cheer them was something to smoke.
There is, lastly, the voice which bids us gratify the desire of the mind.
I was compelled to break off the talk by wire to gratify the curiosity of the General and Staff by an explanation.
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.