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Definition of gratification noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable, countable] (formal)
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  1. 1the state of feeling pleasure when something goes well for you or when your desires are satisfied; something that gives you pleasure synonym satisfaction
  2. 2 sexual gratification Feeding will usually provide instant gratification to a crying baby. Much to my gratification, my work got a special mention in her speech.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gratification