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[grat-uh-fahy] /ˈgræt əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), gratified, gratifying.
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
1350-1400; Middle English gratifien < Latin grātificāre, equivalent to grāt(us) pleasing + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
gratifiable, adjective
[grat-uh-fahy-id-lee, -fahyd-] /ˈgræt əˌfaɪ ɪd li, -ˌfaɪd-/ (Show IPA),
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)
1. please, delight, gladden. 1, 2. See humor. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ungratified
Historical Examples
  • When Henderson came, Margaret's world was full; no desire was ungratified.

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
  • My days are full of ungratified longin's, and my nights don't get any better.

  • Her natural appetite is ruined; her acquired taste is ungratified.

    Juggernaut George Cary Eggleston
  • The only ungratified wish I had was that I might be appointed to your ship.

    Brave Old Salt Oliver Optic
  • "Well, I might be something worse," remarked Peter, in a not ungratified tone.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • If Desire had any ungratified wishes, I never heard of them.

    The Preliminaries Cornelia A. P. Comer
  • So slight an inclination, ungratified, extended to vast dimensions, and possessed her entire.

    The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman
  • Doubtless the secret fire of a consuming, but as yet ungratified, literary ambition also troubled his repose.

  • ungratified desire has finally worn itself out and he is free.

    Elementary Theosophy L. W. Rogers
  • Her ungratified imagination brought her early into conflict with the circumstances and surroundings of her life.

    Home Life of Great Authors Hattie Tyng Griswold
British Dictionary definitions for ungratified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to satisfy or please
to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
(obsolete) to reward
Derived Forms
gratifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin grātificārī to do a favour to, from grātus grateful + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for ungratified



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.

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