verb (used with object), grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing.
Origin of gratify
Examples from the Web for gratify
Most of the meddlers in our lives do it to gratify their own egos or because they mistakenly believe they are helping.
His reception was very enthusiastic, and seemed to gratify him very much.The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln|Francis Fisher Browne
As wants differ in kind and degree, so goods differ in their power to gratify wants.The Principles of Economics|Frank A. Fetter
Diodorus, however, ascribes them to Cyrus; and states that he built them to gratify a courtezan.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. I of II)|Charles Bucke
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Word Origin for gratify
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.