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

Other Words from grateful

gratefully \ ˈgrāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce grateful (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Post-stroke, Kati is grateful for her family and friends and intends to set boundaries for the benefit of her physical and mental health in the future. Rachel Nall, Msn, SELF, 11 May 2022 So many lessons, so many blessings to be grateful for. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 7 May 2022 Their parents are grateful for two brothers who couldn’t be tighter, whose success is always shared. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Barden, who lives in Norwich, is still grateful for how much Todt helped her daughter as a physical therapist. Taylor Hartz, Orlando Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Likewise, Schmidt is grateful for Richard not giving up on him. Lincee Ray,, 8 Apr. 2022 For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time to reflect, reset and focus on being grateful. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2022 We are often advised to cultivate the habit of being grateful and giving thanks continuously. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 Genco, who wiped away stray tears with her napkin, felt nervous yet incredibly grateful ahead of the glowing presentation dedicated to her. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Grateful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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