Pleasure is gratification, whether it’s given or received. Everyone has desires, and when those desires get fulfilled, that’s gratification.

You’re reading this sentence to understand the word gratification, and soon you’ll know it back and forth, which will give you a feeling of gratification. The word comes from the Latin gratificari, meaning “give or do as a favor,” and a deeper root is gratus, which means “pleasing, thankful.” Doing a favor for someone is a surefire ways to create a sense of gratification, both for them and for yourself, being such a kind, giving person.

Definitions of gratification

n the act or an instance of satisfying

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the act of achieving full gratification
head trip, self-gratification
the act of satisfying your own desires and giving yourself pleasure
humoring, indulgence, indulging, pampering
the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
the act of one who pleases
intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
excess, overindulgence
excessive indulgence
binge, orgy, splurge
any act of immoderate indulgence
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act of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite

n state of being gratified or satisfied

“dull repetitious work gives no gratification
“to my immense gratification he arrived on time”
quality of life
your personal satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with the cultural or intellectual conditions under which you live (as distinct from material comfort)
satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing
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emotional state, spirit
the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)

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