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Definition of gratify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gratify
    he / she / it gratifies
    past simple gratified
    -ing form gratifying
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  1. 1(formal) to please or satisfy someone it gratifies somebody to do something It gratified him to think that it was all his work. gratify somebody I was gratified by their invitation.
  2. 2gratify something (formal) to satisfy a wish, need, etc. He only gave his consent in order to gratify her wishes.
adjective [not usually before noun] gratified (at something) gratified (to find, hear, see, etc.) She was gratified to find that they had followed her advice.
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