grateful

adjective
grate·​ful | \ ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce grateful (audio) \

Definition of grateful

1a : appreciative of benefits received
b : expressing gratitude grateful thanks
2a : affording pleasure or contentment : pleasing
b : pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated

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Other Words from grateful

gratefully \ ˈgrāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce gratefully (audio) \ adverb
gratefulness noun

Examples of grateful in a Sentence

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 I didn't have to be in love with the man to do this, and my poor body'd probably be grateful to get fed, since it'd been on such a starvation diet. — Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale, 1992 Sergeant James Smith was a company clerk, which meant that he carried his commander's maps, Edwards was grateful to learn. — Tom Clancy, Red Storm Rising, 1986 I am grateful for the Latin I took and for the emphasis on English grammar, which seems to have faded from the curriculum. — John Updike, Hugging the Shore, (1983) 1984 The college sent us a grateful acknowledgment of our donation. I'm grateful to you for your help. He's grateful for the attention.
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None of this would be possible without your unwavering support from episode 1 and our entire TIU family is unbelievably grateful. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "This Is Us Just Got Renewed for Three More Seasons," 12 May 2019 Her struggles, of course, pale in comparison to how grateful Jennie Marie feels to get to share her passion with everyone — yes, even those vocal skeptics online. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'Mama Medium' Jennie Marie Doesn't Care If You Think She's Fake," 3 Dec. 2018 Then again, no woman should ever have to feel grateful for not being raped. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 At the beginning of every year, Ertz creates a new playlist with songs spanning different genres that remind her to stay grateful. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Olympian and Pro Soccer Player Julie Ertz Is Training for the 2019 Women's World Cup," 23 Feb. 2019 Finally over the finish line, the new attorney general this morning grateful to the colleagues who fought for him. Fox News, "Sen. Graham: Allegations against Kavanaugh are collapsing," 24 Sep. 2018 And Jennifer said she and a friend bought 30 bottles of water at a 99-cent store and distributed them to grateful recipients. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "He handed water to homeless people when temps topped 100. Some Silver Lake neighbors jeered, others cheered," 11 July 2018 Both Trump and his pick performed well by TV standards: Trump as emcee and CEO, with Kavanaugh as the grateful contestant who gets to join the firm. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Kavanaugh's introduction as Supreme Court nominee was slick prime-time TV. That has dangerous implications," 10 July 2018 Polite and grateful people still pick up the phone and/or write notes on paper. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Annual review provides temptation to undercut supervisor," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of grateful

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grateful

obsolete grate pleasing, thankful, from Latin gratus — more at grace

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grateful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of grateful

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

grateful

adjective
grate·​ful | \ ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce grateful (audio) \

Kids Definition of grateful

1 : feeling or showing thanks I'm grateful for your help.
2 : providing pleasure or comfort … the blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose …— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Other Words from grateful

gratefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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