[ grat-uh-fi-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌgræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


the state of being gratified; great satisfaction.
something that gratifies; source of pleasure or satisfaction.
the act of gratifying.
Archaic. a reward, recompense, or gratuity.

Nearby words

  1. gratefully,
  2. grater,
  3. gratiae,
  4. gratian,
  5. graticule,
  6. gratify,
  7. gratifying,
  8. gratin,
  9. gratinate,
  10. gratinated

Origin of gratification

First recorded in 1590–1600, gratification is from the Latin word grātificātiōn- (stem of grātificātiō). See gratify, -ation

Related formsnon·grat·i·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·grat·i·fi·ca·tion, nounpre·grat·i·fi·ca·tion, nounsu·per·grat·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gratification


/ (ˌɡrætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the act of gratifying or the state of being gratified
something that gratifies
an obsolete word for gratuity
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Word Origin and History for gratification



1590s, from Middle French gratification or directly from Latin gratificationem (nominative gratificatio) "obligingness, complaisance," noun of action from past participle stem of gratificari (see gratify).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper