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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.
grat′i·fi′er n.
grat′i·fy′ing adj.
grat′i·fy′ing·ly adv.
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Adv.1.gratifyingly - in a gratifying manner; "the performance was at a gratifyingly high level"
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adverfreulich; he was gratifyingly pleasedes war erfreulich zu sehen, wie er sich freute
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