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gratify

verb [T] uk   /ˈɡræt.ɪ.faɪ/ us    /ˈɡræt̬.ə-/
to please someone, or to satisfy a wish or need: We were gratified by the response to our appeal. [+ to infinitive] He was gratified to see how well his students had done.
gratification
noun [U] uk   /ˌɡræt.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌɡræt̬.ə-/
sexual gratification Some people expect instant gratification (= to get what they want immediately).
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