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gratify

[ grat-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈgræt əˌfaɪ /
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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.
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Origin of gratify

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

synonym study for gratify

1, 2. See humor.

OTHER WORDS FROM gratify

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH gratify

grateful, gratified
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British Dictionary definitions for gratify

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 forms of gratify

gratifier, noun

Word Origin for gratify

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