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Gratify v. t., 1. to give pleasure to [a person or perons] by satisfyign desires or humoring inclinations or feelings. 2. to satisfy; indule; humor, as one's desires or appetities. 3. Obs. to reward; remunerate. [ME gratifi(en) < L grátificáre. See Grateful. -I-, -FY]
Gratification n. 1. the state of being gratified; great satisfaction. 2. something that gratifies; source of pleasure or satisfaction. 3. the act of gratifying. 4. archaic. a reward, recompense, or gratuity.
Grateful adj. 1. warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful . . . . 2. expressing or actuated by gratitude . . . 3. pleasing to the mind or senses: agreeable or welcome; refreshing . . . . [obs. grate pleasing (< L grátus) + -Ful]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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