Meaning of “gratify” in the English Dictionary

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gratifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɡræt.ɪ.faɪ/ us /ˈɡræt̬.ə.faɪ/
noun [ U ] uk /ˌɡræt.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɡræt̬.ə.fəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

sexual gratification
Some people expect instant gratification (= to get what they want immediately).

(Definition of “gratify” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gratifyverb [ T ]

us /ˈɡræt̬·əˌfɑɪ/

to please someone, or to satisfy a wish or need:

[ + to infinitive ] He was gratified to see how well his students had done.
adjective us /ˈɡræt̬·əˌfɑɪ·ɪŋ/

It was a big game for us, and a very gratifying win.

(Definition of “gratify” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)