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.

Origin of gratify

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

OTHER WORDS FROM gratify

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH gratify

grateful 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 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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