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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
  • The warrior passed with her into Rhodes, and died soon after, ungratified in his wish of striking another blow at Lacedmon.

    Historical Parallels, vol 1 (of 3) Arthur Thomas Malkin
  • When Henderson came, Margaret's world was full; no desire was ungratified.

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
  • So slight an inclination, ungratified, extended to vast dimensions, and possessed her entire.

    The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman
  • Her natural appetite is ruined; her acquired taste is ungratified.

    Juggernaut George Cary Eggleston
  • Her ungratified imagination brought her early into conflict with the circumstances and surroundings of her life.

    Home Life of Great Authors Hattie Tyng Griswold
  • The only ungratified wish I had was that I might be appointed to your ship.

    Brave Old Salt Oliver Optic
  • Instincts and tastes hitherto unsuspected and ungratified were aroused in her.

  • "Well, I might be something worse," remarked Peter, in a not ungratified tone.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • In the country there is always such a consuming and ungratified need of something to laugh at.

    Hempfield David Grayson
  • Doubtless the secret fire of a consuming, but as yet ungratified, literary ambition also troubled his repose.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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