adjective grate·ful \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

GRATEFULNESS Defined for Kids


adjective grate·ful \ˈgrāt-fəl\

Definition of GRATEFUL for Kids

:  feeling or showing thanks <I'm grateful for your help.>
:  providing pleasure or comfort <… the blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose … — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol>
grate·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb

Word Root of GRATEFUL

The Latin word gratus, meaning pleasing or thankful, gives us the root grat. Words from the Latin gratus have something to do with being pleasing or being thankful. To ingratiate yourself is to make others feel thankful for something you've done. To feel grateful is to feel thankful for something. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. To congratulate is to express how pleasing someone's success is.


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