Definition of gratify in English:

gratify

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Give (someone) pleasure or satisfaction.

    ‘I was gratified to see the coverage in May's issue’
    ‘the results were gratifying’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am very gratified that so many of us are interested in improving our written communications.’
    • ‘It's an understatement to say that I'm gratified by the response generated by the inaugural podcast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the understanding I attain is found useful by others, I am gratified, and I think understanding is a prerequisite for making good policy.’
    • ‘And I am gratified that the court's decision will allow us to honor that simple constitutional principle.’
    • ‘I was very gratified by the response that we got.’
    • ‘I'm gratified that people think well of what I do.’
    • ‘Does it gratify you that your films are taken seriously and that your films still inspire generations of filmmakers who have come after you?’
    • ‘On the whole I'm deeply gratified and honoured by the friendship and respect I am offered there.’
    • ‘It still gratifies us today to read George Orwell: we feel ennobled by him.’
    • ‘First of all, I'm gratified to note that we largely agree.’
    • ‘And she was gratified to see the people becoming disillusioned with capitalism.’
    • ‘And I was ultimately gratified to get an acceptance letter from her anyway about two months later.’
    • ‘Thus far, we are extremely gratified by the results, but the road has not been easy.’
    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’
      • ‘He adopted their methodological starting point, the assumption that rational actors ‘seek to gratify their desires with the least exertion.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is commendable and desirable, but not essential to the public need, that our aesthetic desires be gratified.’
      • ‘Under colonialism, a nation is a ground on which men may gratify their desires for control and honor.’
      • ‘It represents something which is universal and compelling: the freedom to gratify desire.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a young man, St. Augustine was well practiced in gratifying the desires of his fallen nature.’
      • ‘But after these desires were gratified, ‘less important’ desires would be gratified.’
      • ‘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 addition to enriching our knowledge of the culinary art, we shall be doing our share of gratifying our gustatory lusts.’
      • ‘Therefore, he lives each day at a time, gratifying whatever desires turn up.’
      • ‘The mass-produced fairytale gratifies this desire by emphasising the sense of familiarity achieved through the outward material and ideological sameness.’
      • ‘Now, the more the audience is told about the hero, the more their legitimate, indeed, induced desire is gratified, the less they care.’
      • ‘If the sole motive is enjoyment then your destination should gratify your desires.’
      • ‘In the second case, there is a need to gratify the craving, regardless of the risk.’
      • ‘This sounds remarkably similar to George's ‘fundamental law of political economy’ that ‘men always seek to gratify their desires with the least exertion.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also, we just cannot gratify every desire that arises, because to do so would destroy civilization by breaking down its necessary restrictions.’
      • ‘Such jurisdiction allowed them to gratify their desires for lavish living.’
      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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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘make pleasing’): from French gratifier or Latin gratificari ‘give or do as a favor’, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’.

Pronunciation

gratify

/ˈɡrædəˌfaɪ//ˈɡradəˌfī/