gratify

[ grat-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈgræt əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing.

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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of gratify

1350–1400; Middle English gratifien < Latin grātificāre, equivalent to grāt(us) pleasing + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy

Related forms
Can be confusedgrateful gratified (see synonym study at grateful)

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British Dictionary definitions for gratified

gratify

/ (ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to satisfy or please
to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
obsolete to reward
Derived Formsgratifier, noun

Word Origin for gratify

C16: from Latin grātificārī to do a favour to, from grātus grateful + facere to make

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Word Origin and History for gratified

gratify

v.

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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