An example of to gratify means to give into a craving for a hot fudge sundae.
transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to give pleasure or satisfaction
- to give in to; indulge; humor
- Archaic to reward
Origin of gratifyFrench gratifier from Classical Latin gratificare, gratificari, to oblige, please from gratus, pleasing (see grace) + -ficare, -fy
transitive verbgrat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
- To please or satisfy: My good grades gratify my parents. See Synonyms at please.
- To give in to (a desire); indulge: He gratified his curiosity by going to the exhibit.
- Archaic To reward.
Origin of gratifyMiddle English gratifien to favor from Latin grātificārī grātus pleasing ; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots. -ficārī -fy
(third-person singular simple present gratifies, present participle gratifying, simple past and past participle gratified)