- tending to gratify; giving or causing satisfaction; pleasing.
Origin of gratifying
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- 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
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Examples from the Web for gratifying
Yet the tale baseball historians have pieced together is gratifying enough for it not to matter.The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig
May 18, 2013
I love my job and have found work to be gratifying and even calming during periods when other parts of my life are far less so.One Reason Women Stay Home: Because It's Easier on Everyone
March 18, 2013
“My job was gratifying for a long time, until business became a lot harder,” she says.Stress at Work: Is Your Job Making You Sick?
December 2, 2012
It's gratifying to see the Democrats be better at hardball than the Republicans for a change.The Emerging Theory on Mitt's Taxes: It's 2009
July 18, 2012
Like accolades ought to be, the fulfilled life is a consequence, a gratifying byproduct.David McCullough at Wellesley Commencement: ‘You Are Not Special’ (Video)
The Daily Beast
June 9, 2012
"I'll do it," replied the young man with gratifying alacrity.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
This improvement in the sentiment of railroad men is gratifying.The Railroad Question
It was to me a soothing and a gratifying scene of meditation.Beaux and Belles of England
Then, all at once, she found an excuse for gratifying this inquisitiveness.The Fat and the Thin
And Serena did improve, slowly at first, then with gratifying rapidity.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
- giving one satisfaction or pleasure
- to satisfy or please
- to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
- obsolete to reward
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.