- 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.
- 2gratify something (formal) to satisfy a wish, need, etc. He only gave his consent in order to gratify her wishes. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘make pleasing’): from French gratifier or Latin gratificari
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//