transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle French gratifier, from Latin gratificari to show kindness to, from gratus + -ificari, passive of -ificare -ify Date: 1539 1. archaic remunerate, reward 2. to be a source of or give pleasure or satisfaction to <
it gratified him to have his wife wear jewels — Willa Cather
3. to give in to ; indulge, satisfy <
gratify a whim

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  • gratify — *please, delight, rejoice, gladden, tickle, regale Analogous words: content, *satisfy: indulge, humor, pamper Antonyms: anger: offend, affront (by inattention): disappoint (desires, hopes) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • gratify — ► VERB (gratifies, gratified) 1) give pleasure or satisfaction. 2) indulge or satisfy (a desire). DERIVATIVES gratification noun gratifier noun gratifying adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • gratify — [grat′i fī΄] vt. gratified, gratifying [Fr gratifier < L gratificare, gratificari, to oblige, please < gratus, pleasing (see GRACE) + ficare, FY] 1. to give pleasure or satisfaction 2. to give in to; indulge; humor 3. Archaic to reward SYN …   English World dictionary

  • gratify — UK [ˈɡrætɪfaɪ] / US [ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms gratify : present tense I/you/we/they gratify he/she/it gratifies present participle gratifying past tense gratified past participle gratified formal [usually passive] to make someone… …   English dictionary

  • gratify — /ˈgrætəfaɪ / (say gratuhfuy) verb (t) (gratified, gratifying) 1. to give pleasure to (persons) by satisfying desires or humouring inclinations or feelings. 2. to satisfy; indulge; humour: to gratify desires; to gratify appetites. 3. Obsolete to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • gratify — gratifiable, adj. gratifiedly /grat euh fuy id lee, fuyd /, adv. gratifier, n. /grat euh fuy /, v.t., gratified, gratifying. 1. to give pleasure to (a person or persons) by satisfying desires or humoring inclinations or feelings: Her praise will… …   Universalium

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