adjective \ˈgrāt-fəl\

: feeling or showing thanks : feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act

Full Definition of GRATEFUL

a :  appreciative of benefits received
b :  expressing gratitude <grateful thanks>
a :  affording pleasure or contentment :  pleasing
b :  pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated
grate·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
grate·ful·ness noun

Examples of GRATEFUL

  1. The college sent us a grateful acknowledgment of our donation.
  2. I'm grateful to you for your help.
  3. He's grateful for the attention.
  4. The voice quacking at the other end of the line sounded surprised and grateful—a young man's eager voice, thankful for the sudden interruption on an otherwise empty afternoon. —Paul Theroux, Granta, Summer 1992

Origin of GRATEFUL

obsolete grate pleasing, thankful, from Latin gratus — more at grace
First Known Use: 1552

Rhymes with GRATEFUL


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