Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

gratify

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Meaning(s)
1) something which gives pleasure or satisfaction, indulge a need or desire
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • a very gratifying experience/moment/life, I was very gratified to hear that
  • Analysis
    'To gratify' means to do something which causes someone to experience pleasure or satisfaction, or to indulge a need or desire: "He was gratified by the positive feedback he received." "I don't believe in gratifying all of your children's desires. They have to learn to earn things for themselves." Verbs with similar meanings include 'to satisfy' or 'to indulge'. This is an expressive phrase you will hear in formal contexts or see used in creative writing.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Thank you for what you said at my Dad's funeral. I was gratified to hear your kind words.
    2. I was really gratified to receive your letter of thanks. It makes what I do so worthwhile when I know people appreciate it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Your feedback was very gratifying. It is always useful to know what we are doing right to keep our customers happy.
    2. It is gratifying to know that I am respected and appreciated in the office.
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