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gratitude

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

Simple Definition of gratitude

  • : a feeling of appreciation or thanks

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gratitude

  1. :  the state of being grateful :  thankfulness

Examples of gratitude in a sentence

  1. Let me express my sincere gratitude for all your help.

  2. We remember with gratitude those who died defending our country.



Origin and Etymology of gratitude

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

gratitude

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

Definition of gratitude for Students

  1. :  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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