Gratify definition

grătə-fī
To please or satisfy.

My good grades gratify my parents.

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To give pleasure or satisfaction.
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To give in to (a desire); indulge.

He gratified his curiosity by going to the exhibit.

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(archaic) To reward.
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(archaic) To reward.
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To please.
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To make content, to satisfy.
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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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To give in to; indulge; humor.
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Origin of gratify

  • Middle English gratifien to favor from Latin grātificārī grātus pleasing gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots -ficārī -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French gratifier, from Latin gratificare (“to do a favor to, oblige, please, gratify”), from gratus (“kind, pleasing”) + facere (“to make”).

    From Wiktionary