Definition of gratify in English:


verbgratifies, gratified, gratifying

[with object]
  • 1Give (someone) pleasure or satisfaction.

    ‘she was gratified to see the shock in Jim's eyes’
    • ‘I'd just like to say that I'm gratified and thrilled to be included in such company, and thanks to everyone who helped make all this possible.’
    • ‘Because we use the same verb to characterize what pleases and what gratifies us, we are inclined to expect, erroneously, that the liking comes from the same source.’
    • ‘With this in mind, I am most gratified with the test results and would guess that someone with younger eyes could do even better.’
    • ‘So, I didn't know how it would be received, but I was gratified.’
    • ‘What also gratifies him is that veterans of the stage who later made a name for themselves in cinema are willing to come back to theatre and stage a play or two when they find time.’
    • ‘It still gratifies us today to read George Orwell: we feel ennobled by him.’
    • ‘And I was ultimately gratified to get an acceptance letter from her anyway about two months later.’
    • ‘And I am gratified that the court's decision will allow us to honor that simple constitutional principle.’
    • ‘Thus far, we are extremely gratified by the results, but the road has not been easy.’
    • ‘And she was gratified to see the people becoming disillusioned with capitalism.’
    • ‘I'm gratified that people think well of what I do.’
    • ‘It has been very important to us, and we are gratified that so many of your readers clearly take the time to learn about our programs through you.’
    • ‘Indeed, I am gratified that he condescended to address one of three seminal questions which I directed in response to his treatise on electoral systems and good governance.’
    • ‘If the understanding I attain is found useful by others, I am gratified, and I think understanding is a prerequisite for making good policy.’
    • ‘I am very gratified that so many of us are interested in improving our written communications.’
    • ‘Does it gratify you that your films are taken seriously and that your films still inspire generations of filmmakers who have come after you?’
    • ‘It's an understatement to say that I'm gratified by the response generated by the inaugural podcast.’
    • ‘On the whole I'm deeply gratified and honoured by the friendship and respect I am offered there.’
    • ‘First of all, I'm gratified to note that we largely agree.’
    • ‘I was very gratified by the response that we got.’
    please, gladden, give pleasure to, make happy, make content, delight, make someone feel good, satisfy, warm the cockles of the heart, thrill
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    1. 1.1 Indulge or satisfy (a desire)
      ‘not all the sexual impulses can be gratified’
      • ‘In addition to enriching our knowledge of the culinary art, we shall be doing our share of gratifying our gustatory lusts.’
      • ‘Anyone who abuses young girls in order to gratify their sexual desires can and must expect custodial sentences to mark the public abhorrence of this type of behaviour.’
      • ‘He adopted their methodological starting point, the assumption that rational actors ‘seek to gratify their desires with the least exertion.’’
      • ‘As a young man, St. Augustine was well practiced in gratifying the desires of his fallen nature.’
      • ‘It represents something which is universal and compelling: the freedom to gratify desire.’
      • ‘It is commendable and desirable, but not essential to the public need, that our aesthetic desires be gratified.’
      • ‘If the sole motive is enjoyment then your destination should gratify your desires.’
      • ‘This sounds remarkably similar to George's ‘fundamental law of political economy’ that ‘men always seek to gratify their desires with the least exertion.’’
      • ‘Now, the more the audience is told about the hero, the more their legitimate, indeed, induced desire is gratified, the less they care.’
      • ‘Women, like men, were equally entitled to gratify their sexual desires in the most beneficial and pleasurable way possible.’
      • ‘All he saw in me was a way to gratify his greed and voracity.’
      • ‘As soon as we encounter rules, it seems to be human nature to start to get very clever about finding ways to gratify our desires even within the parameters of the rules.’
      • ‘In the second case, there is a need to gratify the craving, regardless of the risk.’
      • ‘The mass-produced fairytale gratifies this desire by emphasising the sense of familiarity achieved through the outward material and ideological sameness.’
      • ‘Also, we just cannot gratify every desire that arises, because to do so would destroy civilization by breaking down its necessary restrictions.’
      • ‘Looking at the evolutionary history of four everyday domesticated plants (apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes), he argues that their success stems from their ability to gratify human desires.’
      • ‘But after these desires were gratified, ‘less important’ desires would be gratified.’
      • ‘Therefore, he lives each day at a time, gratifying whatever desires turn up.’
      • ‘Such jurisdiction allowed them to gratify their desires for lavish living.’
      • ‘Under colonialism, a nation is a ground on which men may gratify their desires for control and honor.’
      satisfy, fulfil, indulge, relieve, humour, comply with, pander to, cater to, give in to, quench, slake, satiate, pacify, appease, assuage, provide for, feed, accommodate
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘make pleasing’): from French gratifier or Latin gratificari ‘give or do as a favour’, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’.