- Gratify is defined as to please or give into something.
An example of to gratify means to give into a craving for a hot fudge sundae.
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transitive verb grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
- To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
- To give what is desired to; indulge: gratified her curiosity.
- Archaic To reward.
Origin: Middle English gratifien, to favor, from Latin grātificārī : grātus, pleasing; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots + -ficārī, -fy.
- gratˈi·fiˌer noun
- gratˈi·fyˌing adjective
- gratˈi·fyˌing·ly adverb