Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of gratifying.
  • n. The condition of being gratified.
  • n. An instance or a cause of being gratified.
  • n. Archaic A reward.
  • n. Archaic A gratuity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of gratifying, or pleasing, either the mind, the taste, or the appetite; as, the gratification of the palate, of the appetites, of the senses, of the desires, of the heart.
  • n. That which affords pleasure; satisfaction; enjoyment; fruition: delight.
  • n. A reward; a recompense; a gratuity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of gratifying, or pleasing, either the mind, the taste, or the appetite.
  • n. That which affords pleasure; satisfaction; enjoyment; fruition: delight.
  • n. A reward; a recompense; a gratuity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of gratifying or pleasing; a pleasing or satisfying.
  • n. The state of being gratified; pleasure received; delectation; satisfaction.
  • n. Voluntary reward or recompense; also, a gratuity for services received or expected.
  • n. Any reward in money given to soldiers for good conduct in a battle or campaign; an allowance made to prisoners of war; a voluntary contribution made by soldiers to the widows of comrades.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. state of being gratified or satisfied
  • n. the act or an instance of satisfying

Etymologies

From Latin gratification, from Latin gratificare ("to do a favor to, oblige, please, gratify"), from gratus ("kind, pleasing") + facere ("to make"). (Wiktionary)

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