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grat·i·fy

 (grăt′ə-fī′)
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: My good grades gratify my parents. See Synonyms at please.
2. To give in to (a desire); indulge: He gratified his curiosity by going to the exhibit.
3. Archaic To reward.

[Middle English gratifien, to favor, from Latin grātificārī : grātus, pleasing; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots + -ficārī, -fy.]

grat′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
grat′i·fi′er n.
grat′i·fy′ing adj.
grat′i·fy′ing·ly adv.

gratify

(ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪ)
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to satisfy or please
2. to yield to or indulge (a desire, whim, etc)
3. obsolete to reward
[C16: from Latin grātificārī to do a favour to, from grātus grateful + facere to make]
ˈgratiˌfier n

grat•i•fy

(ˈgræt əˌfaɪ)

v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to give pleasure to (a person) by satisfying desires or humoring inclinations or feelings: Her praise gratified us all.
2. to satisfy; indulge: to gratify one's appetites.
3. Archaic. to reward; remunerate.
[1350–1400; < Latin grātificāre=grāt(us) pleasing + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy]
grat′i•fy`ing, adj.

gratify


Past participle: gratified
Gerund: gratifying

Imperative
gratify
gratify
Present
I gratify
you gratify
he/she/it gratifies
we gratify
you gratify
they gratify
Preterite
I gratified
you gratified
he/she/it gratified
we gratified
you gratified
they gratified
Present Continuous
I am gratifying
you are gratifying
he/she/it is gratifying
we are gratifying
you are gratifying
they are gratifying
Present Perfect
I have gratified
you have gratified
he/she/it has gratified
we have gratified
you have gratified
they have gratified
Past Continuous
I was gratifying
you were gratifying
he/she/it was gratifying
we were gratifying
you were gratifying
they were gratifying
Past Perfect
I had gratified
you had gratified
he/she/it had gratified
we had gratified
you had gratified
they had gratified
Future
I will gratify
you will gratify
he/she/it will gratify
we will gratify
you will gratify
they will gratify
Future Perfect
I will have gratified
you will have gratified
he/she/it will have gratified
we will have gratified
you will have gratified
they will have gratified
Future Continuous
I will be gratifying
you will be gratifying
he/she/it will be gratifying
we will be gratifying
you will be gratifying
they will be gratifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gratifying
you have been gratifying
he/she/it has been gratifying
we have been gratifying
you have been gratifying
they have been gratifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gratifying
you will have been gratifying
he/she/it will have been gratifying
we will have been gratifying
you will have been gratifying
they will have been gratifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gratifying
you had been gratifying
he/she/it had been gratifying
we had been gratifying
you had been gratifying
they had been gratifying
Conditional
I would gratify
you would gratify
he/she/it would gratify
we would gratify
you would gratify
they would gratify
Past Conditional
I would have gratified
you would have gratified
he/she/it would have gratified
we would have gratified
you would have gratified
they would have gratified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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Verb1.gratify - make happy or satisfied
delight, please - give pleasure to or be pleasing to; "These colors please the senses"; "a pleasing sensation"
please - give satisfaction; "The waiters around her aim to please"
content - make content; "I am contented"
2.gratify - yield (to); give satisfaction to
humor, humour - put into a good mood
spree - engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
cater, ply, provide, supply - give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats - live promiscuously and self-indulgently

gratify

verb
1. please, delight, satisfy, thrill, give pleasure, gladden She was gratified by his response.
2. satisfy, feed, fulfil, indulge, humour, cater to, pander to, fawn on He took advantage of these girls to gratify his own lust.

gratify

verb
1. To give great or keen pleasure to:
Archaic: joy.
2. To grant or have what is demanded by (a need or desire):
3. To comply with the wishes or ideas of (another):
Translations

gratify

[ˈgrætɪfaɪ] VT [+ person] → complacer; [+ desire, whim etc] → satisfacer
I am gratified to knowme complace saberlo
he was much gratifiedse puso muy contento

gratify

[ˈgrætɪfaɪ] vt
[+ person] → faire plaisir à
[+ whim, appetite, curiosity] → satisfaire

gratify

vt
(= give pleasure)erfreuen; to be gratified at or by or with somethingüber etw (acc)hocherfreut sein; I was gratified to hear that …ich habe mit Genugtuung gehört, dass …
(= satisfy)befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

gratify

[ˈgrætɪˌfaɪ] vt (person) → far piacere a, dare soddisfazione a; (desire, whim) → soddisfare, appagare
References in classic literature ?
I'll do my best to gratify you, Sir," was Laurie's unusually dutiful reply, as he carefully unpinned the posy Jo had put in his buttonhole.
While the others were busily occupied in seeking to gratify their childish passion for finery, by plundering even the miserable effects of the scout, or had been searching with such bloodthirsty vengeance in their looks for their absent owner, Le Renard had stood at a little distance from the prisoners, with a demeanor so quiet and satisfied, as to betray that he had already effected the grand purpose of his treachery.
It would gratify me to have your judgment on this character.
Now for the first time they were free--free to gratify every passion, free to wreck themselves.
The court, in the inside, had evidently been arranged to gratify a picturesque and voluptuous ideality.
In- deed, some were there for no distinct offense at all, but only to gratify somebody's spite; and not always the queen's by any means, but a friend's.
The King of Bavaria is a poet, and has a poet's eccentricities--with the advantage over all other poets of being able to gratify them, no matter what form they may take.
It would afford me great pleasure indeed, as well as materially add to the interest of my nar- rative, were I at liberty to gratify a curiosity, which I know exists in the minds of many, by an accurate statement of all the facts pertaining to my most fortunate escape.
Elton's, I should have imagined, would rather disgust than gratify Miss Fairfax.
Of ONE thing, my dear sister," kindly taking her hand, and speaking in an awful whisper,--"I may assure you;-- and I WILL do it, because I know it must gratify you.
Oh, I will go by all means," I answered: and I was glad of the unexpected opportunity to gratify my much-excited curiosity.
I found everything in a satisfactory state at the cottage; and was enabled to gratify my aunt exceedingly by reporting that the tenant inherited her feud, and waged incessant war against donkeys.