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noun grat·i·tude \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

: a feeling of appreciation or thanks

Full Definition of GRATITUDE

:  the state of being grateful :  thankfulness

Examples of GRATITUDE

  1. Let me express my sincere gratitude for all your help.
  2. We remember with gratitude those who died defending our country.


Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gratitudo, from Latin gratus grateful
First Known Use: 1523
GRATITUDE Defined for Kids


noun grat·i·tude \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of GRATITUDE for Kids

:  a feeling of appreciation

Word Root of GRATITUDE

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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