Definition of gratify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gratify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gratify
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it gratifies
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple gratified
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle gratified
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form gratifying
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrætɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1(formal) to please or satisfy somebody 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.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘make pleasing’): from French gratifier or Latin gratificari ‘give or do as a favour’, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’.
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