gratify

To gratify is to give satisfaction. So if you've managed to get straight A's in school, what you did was gratify your parents — and it probably felt pretty gratifying to you too.

There's a strange taint to the word gratify. Sure, it means to do one's best to please, like the little straight-A student that you are, but there's also a hint of indulgence about the word. How often have you heard the phrase "gratify one's desires" used disapprovingly? Slightly hoggish, a bit self-indulgent, that's gratify for you.

Definitions of gratify
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v make happy or satisfied

Synonyms:
satisfy
Antonyms:
dissatisfy
fail to satisfy
Types:
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delight, please
give pleasure to or be pleasing to
please
give satisfaction
content
make content
endear
make attractive or lovable
delight, enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, ravish, transport
hold spellbound

v yield (to); give satisfaction to

Synonyms:
indulge, pander
Types:
humor, humour
put into a good mood
spree
engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats
live promiscuously and self-indulgently
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

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