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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.
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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]
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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]
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Past participle: gratified
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|Verb||1.||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|
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"
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1. To give great or keen pleasure to:
2. To grant or have what is demanded by (a need or desire):
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gratify[ˈgrætɪfaɪ] VT [+ person] → complacer; [+ desire, whim etc] → satisfacer
I am gratified to know → me complace saberlo
he was much gratified → se puso muy contento
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gratify[ˈgrætɪˌfaɪ] vt (person) → far piacere a, dare soddisfazione a; (desire, whim) → soddisfare, appagare
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