• WordNet 3.6
    • v gratify yield (to); give satisfaction to
    • v gratify make happy or satisfied
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gratify To please; to give pleasure to; to satisfy; to soothe; to indulge; as, to gratify the taste, the appetite, the senses, the desires, the mind, etc. "For who would die to gratify a foe?"
    • Gratify To requite; to recompense. "It remains . . . To gratify his noble service."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gratify To please; give pleasure to; delight; satisfy; indulge.
    • gratify To requite or reward voluntarily; also, to give a gratuity to.
    • gratify Synonyms Gratify, Indulge, Humor. To gratify is a more positive act than to indulge or to humor. Gratify is most often used in a good sense; indulge, most often in a bad one. Humor expresses an easy or good-natured compliance or management, ordinarily neither weak nor evil: as, to humor a person's eccentricities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Gratify to do what is agreeable to: to please: to soothe; to indulge:—pa.p. grat′ified
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.”
  • William Penn
    “If thou wouldn't conquer thy weakness thou must not gratify it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If all of our wishes were gratified, many of our dreams would be destroyed.”
  • Isaac Disraeli
    Isaac Disraeli
    “It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.”
  • Charles Dudley Warner
    Charles Dudley Warner
    “Mud-pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirty, we are pure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gratifier, L. gratificari,; gratus, pleasing + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. grat—L. gratus, pleasing, thankful, and suff. -ful.


In literature:

I was not indisposed to follow his advice, but my curiosity would first be gratified by a survey of the room.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
These colleges are too important to be used as experimental stations even to gratify the caprice of the most cautious.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
At the sight of the handwriting, a large, gratified smile covered all the round expanse of his face.
"Happy Pollyooly" by Edgar Jepson
Ever-changing as her whims and fancies were, the poor gentleman sacrificed everything to gratify them.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
But in this he was either disappointed or gratified, as the case may be.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
These ideas seem to me so grand and gratifying that they fill my soul, absorbing all my reflections.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
So strange is love, that this kind of veiled allusion to his secret passion relieved and gratified the overcharged bosom of Ferdinand.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
That is the only wish on earth you can gratify.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
You would have been gratified by the universal panegyric of our household.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
The demonstrations of affection and kindness from all sides towards me on my birthday, were most gratifying.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria

In poetry:

We know just how to play the cruel game
Of breaking in the most rebellious steeds;
And stubborn captive maids we also tame
And subjugate, to gratify our needs…
"The Scythians" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
He shook his head. There’s grave disease,—­
I greatly fear you all must die;
A slight post-mortem, if you please,
Surviving friends would gratify.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then awake to your rights, and don your armor,
And ne'er longer be trampled in the dust
By the rings and bosses who rob you
To gratify their taste and sensuous lust.
"Men Of Color, Do Your Duty" by Robert C O Benjamin
CYPRIAN. I am greatly gratified
That you make this proposition.
Here in Plinius is a passage
Which much anxious thought doth give me
How to understand, to know
Who's the God of whom he has written.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Yet still we madly venture in, To gorge ourselves on filth and sin,
Not thinking of our reck'ning or our doom:
We still our talents misapply,
And ev'ry passion gratify;
Let death and vengeance come, when they will come.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
His running through nettles, thorns, and briers,
To gratify his boyish fond desires,
His tumbling over molehills to attain
His end, namely, his butterfly to gain,
Doth plainly show what hazards some men run
To get what will be lost as soon as won.
"Of The Boy and Butterfly" by John Bunyan

In news:

It's always gratifying to see a sports car arcing through the countryside that really works.
"It's been a really gratifying year coaching-wise".
"One of the most self- gratifying things for me as a coach is to see how these guys sort of develop personally, academically and athletically," Saban said.
Sabatino felt that same gratifying feeling that Morgan felt.
It's been a gratifying two weeks.
A little, but gratifying , too.
Dave Navarro Says New Jane's Album Was " Gratifying " to Make.
Randolph's support of Relay for Life is gratifying .
"It's extremely gratifying when we get that first live audience in there, and they actually react to something you've spent so much time on," Markham said.
As Remembrance Day draws near, it is gratifying to see that more nationalist politicians, north and south, are now wearing the poppy as an act of respect.
What is particularly gratifying is that the extraordinary entri...
The small touches, from fresh roses in the ladies room, antique leather blotters on the writing desks, to lemons piled in glass vases, were gratifying.
BEDFORD — One of the most gratifying aspects of coaching basketball with a kid for four years must be the chance to watch the maturation process unfold from the freshman to s. Need this information.
But the most gratifying part would come later.
It is gratifying to see that the Minnesota River is getting healthier.

In science:

It is gratifying that they are remarkably consistent with the open circles.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection
It is gratifying to see that the present reaction rates agree with those calculated using the previous code RateErrors [202] in those simple and restricted circumstances where the latter code provides accurate results (see discussion in Sec. 3.3 of Paper I).
Charged-Particle Thermonuclear Reaction Rates: III. Nuclear Physics Input
It is gratifying to see that for many reactions the uncertainties in Q are less than 1 keV.
Charged-Particle Thermonuclear Reaction Rates: II. Tables and Graphs of Reaction Rates and Probability Density Functions
It is gratifying that our model supports a second stage of reheating after PQPT, which dilutes sufficiently the eG abundance so as to become observationally safe for eG masses even lower than 10 TeV.
F-Term Hybrid Inflation Followed by a Peccei-Quinn Phase Transition
It is gratifying to note that this irreducible picture can be roughly met via H-field aligned colloids (Pu et al 2007; Sect.4.6).
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence