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Meaning of GRATIFY

Pronunciation:  'gratu`fI

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  yield (to); give satisfaction to
  2. [v]  make happy or satisfied
 

GRATIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with G.

 

 Synonyms: indulge, pander, satisfy
 
 Antonyms: dissatisfy
 
 See Also: cater, content, delight, humor, humour, please, ply, provide, sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats, spree, supply

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Grat"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gratified}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Gratifying}.] [F. gratifier, L. gratificari; gratus
pleasing + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See {-fy}.]
1. 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?   --Dryden.

2. To requite; to recompense. [Obs.]

         It remains . . . To gratify his noble service.
                                               --Shak.

Syn: To indulge; humor please; delight; requite; recompense.

Usage: To {Gratify}, {Indulge}, {Humor.} Gratify, is the
       generic term, and has reference simply to the pleasure
       communicated. To indulge a person implies that we
       concede something to his wishes or his weaknesses
       which he could not claim, and which had better,
       perhaps, be spared. To humor is to adapt ourselves to
       the varying moods, and, perhaps, caprices, of others.
       We gratify a child by showing him the sights of a
       large city; we indulge him in some extra expense on
       such an occasion; we humor him when he is tired and
       exacting.

 
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