gratify

  • 1 Gratify — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 gratify — (v.) c.1400, to bestow grace upon; 1530s, to show gratitude to, from Fr. gratifier (16c.) or directly from L. gratificari to do favor to, oblige, gratify, from gratus pleasing (see GRACE (Cf. grace)) + root of facere make, do, perform (see… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 gratify — index accommodate, bestow, consent, favor, grant (concede), pander, sanction, satisfy ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 gratify — *please, delight, rejoice, gladden, tickle, regale Analogous words: content, *satisfy: indulge, humor, pamper Antonyms: anger: offend, affront (by inattention): disappoint (desires, hopes) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 gratify — [v] give pleasure; satisfy appease, arride, baby*, cater to, coddle, content, delectate, delight, do one proud*, do the trick*, enchant, favor, fill the bill*, fulfill*, get one’s kicks*, gladden, hit the spot*, humor, indulge, make a hit*, make… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 gratify — ► VERB (gratifies, gratified) 1) give pleasure or satisfaction. 2) indulge or satisfy (a desire). DERIVATIVES gratification noun gratifier noun gratifying adjective. ORIGIN …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 gratify — [grat′i fī΄] vt. gratified, gratifying [Fr gratifier < L gratificare, gratificari, to oblige, please < gratus, pleasing (see GRACE) + ficare, FY] 1. to give pleasure or satisfaction 2. to give in to; indulge; humor 3. Archaic to reward SYN …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 gratify — UK [ˈɡrætɪfaɪ] / US [ˈɡrætɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms gratify : present tense I/you/we/they gratify he/she/it gratifies present participle gratifying past tense gratified past participle gratified formal [usually passive] to make someone… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 gratify — /ˈgrætəfaɪ / (say gratuhfuy) verb (t) (gratified, gratifying) 1. to give pleasure to (persons) by satisfying desires or humouring inclinations or feelings. 2. to satisfy; indulge; humour: to gratify desires; to gratify appetites. 3. Obsolete to… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 10 gratify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle French gratifier, from Latin gratificari to show kindness to, from gratus + ificari, passive of ificare ify Date: 1539 1. archaic remunerate, reward 2. to be a source of or give pleasure or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 gratify — gratifiable, adj. gratifiedly /grat euh fuy id lee, fuyd /, adv. gratifier, n. /grat euh fuy /, v.t., gratified, gratifying. 1. to give pleasure to (a person or persons) by satisfying desires or humoring inclinations or feelings: Her praise will… …

    Universalium

  • 12 gratify — verb Gratify is used with these nouns as the object: ↑desire …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 gratify — grat|i|fy [ˈgrætıfaı] v past tense and past participle gratified present participle gratifying third person singular gratifies [T] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: gratifier, from Latin gratificare to make yourself pleasing , from… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 gratify — grat|i|fy [ grætı,faı ] verb transitive FORMAL usually passive to make someone feel pleased or satisfied: She was gratified to learn that her advice was of some use. gratify someone s desire/need/curiosity etc. FORMAL to give someone what they… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 gratify — [[t]græ̱tɪfaɪ[/t]] gratifies, gratifying, gratified 1) VERB If you are gratified by something, it gives you pleasure or satisfaction. [FORMAL] [be V ed] Mr. Dambar was gratified by his response. [Also V n] Derived words: gratified ADJ GRADED oft… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 gratify —    obsolete Scottish    to bribe    Literally, to please or indulge:     People were still obliged to gratify the keepers for any access they had to visit or minister to their friends. (Wodrow, 1721) …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 17 gratify — verb (T) formal 1 be gratified to feel pleased and satisfied: I was very gratified to hear how much they liked my work. 2 to satisfy a desire: Hoping to gratify my curiosity, I opened the door. gratification, noun (C, U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 gratify — grat•i•fy [[t]ˈgræt əˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing 1) to give pleasure to (a person) by satisfying desires or humoring inclinations or feelings: Her praise gratified us all[/ex] 2) to satisfy; indulge: to gratify one s appetites[/ex] 3) archaic to …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 gratify — verb To please; to make content; to satisfy …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 gratify — Synonyms and related words: achieve inner harmony, allay, appease, assuage, baby, board, bread, cater to, cheer, coddle, compensate, content, cosset, delectate, delight, dine, do proud, elate, favor, feast, feed, flush, fodder, forage, give way… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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