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Definition of "gratify" []

  • To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please. (verb-transitive)
  • To give what is desired to; indulge: gratified her curiosity. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To reward. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gratify" in a sentence
  • "Hence an important means towards happiness is the control of our desires, and the extinction of those that we cannot gratify, which is brought about by virtue."
  • "And my husband will be happy in the enjoyment of every expensive taste which a poor man call gratify, for the first time in his life."
  • "(26 May) was thought a fitting opportunity for asking for a further loan of £100,000 to enable her majesty to pay and "gratify" the seamen who had so gallantly warded off invasion and to refit the fleet."