from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
- transitive v. To give what is desired to; indulge: gratified her curiosity.
- transitive v. Archaic To reward.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To please.
- v. To make content, to satisfy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To please; to give pleasure to; to satisfy; to soothe; to indulge
- transitive v. To requite; to recompense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To please; give pleasure to; delight; satisfy; indulge.
- To requite or reward voluntarily; also, to give a gratuity to.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make happy or satisfied
- v. yield (to); give satisfaction to
Middle English gratifien, to favor, from Latin grātificārī : grātus, pleasing; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots + -ficārī, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gratifier, from Latin gratificare ("to do a favor to, oblige, please, gratify"), from gratus ("kind, pleasing") + facere ("to make"). (Wiktionary)