[ grat-uh-fahy-ing ]
/ ˈgræt əˌfaɪ ɪŋ /


tending to gratify; giving or causing satisfaction; pleasing.

Origin of gratifying

First recorded in 1605–15; gratify + -ing2
Related formsgrat·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·grat·i·fy·ing, adjectivenon·grat·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbun·grat·i·fy·ing, adjective

Definition for gratifying (2 of 2)


[ 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
Related forms
Can be confusedgrateful gratified (see synonym study at grateful) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gratifying (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪɪŋ) /


giving one satisfaction or pleasure
Derived Formsgratifyingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for gratifying (2 of 2)


/ (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 gratifying



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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