gratify

[grat-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to satisfy; indulge; humor, as one's desires or appetites.
  3. Obsolete. to reward; remunerate.

Origin of gratify

1350–1400; Middle English gratifien < Latin grātificāre, equivalent to grāt(us) pleasing + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy
Related formsgrat·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivegrat·i·fi·ed·ly [grat-uh-fahy-id-lee, -fahyd-] /ˈgræt əˌfaɪ ɪd li, -ˌfaɪd-/, adverbgrat·i·fi·er, nouno·ver·grat·i·fy, verb (used with object), o·ver·grat·i·fied, o·ver·grat·i·fy·ing.pre·grat·i·fy, verb (used with object), pre·grat·i·fied, pre·grat·i·fy·ing.su·per·grat·i·fy, verb (used with object), su·per·grat·i·fied, su·per·grat·i·fy·ing.un·grat·i·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·grat·i·fied, adjectivewell-grat·i·fied, adjective
Can be confusedgrateful gratified (see synonym study at grateful)

Synonyms for gratify

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1. please, delight, gladden. 1, 2. See humor.
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gratify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to satisfy or please
  2. to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
  3. 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 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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