grate·ful | \ˈgrāt-fəl \

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 \ 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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On Neruda’s return to his country in 1939, with Europe falling to another kind of fascism, he was greeted on the docks by grateful refugees chanting his name. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 The frescoes have been superbly restored—the conservation works are still in progress—and how grateful one is: This villa is, in every way, a revelation of beauty. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Where Hamish Bowles Partied, Shopped, and Marveled at Architecture in Rome," 22 June 2018 Voters–and for that matter, anyone in the state that consumes any sort of media–should be grateful that the barrage hasn’t yet begun, even if Kevin Cramer is fretting about its delay. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "North Dakota’s GOP Senate Candidate Complains That Trump Is Being Too Nice to a Democrat," 12 June 2018 Those of you who did not know him, along with those who did know him and would be grateful for a reminder of his large-scale personality, would do well to read David Sullivan’s remembrance of him, one of the best of many tributes. John E. Mcintyre,, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 As a mother who has breastfed but has also been grateful for the life- and career- and sanity-saving ability of formula, tracing out the implications of the story left me in something of a muddle. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Donald Trump Tweets About Breastfeeding—But Misses the Whole Point," 10 July 2018 Europeans will always be grateful for the sacrifices those men made to bring freedom back to our shores. Jens Stoltenberg, WSJ, "America’s NATO Allies Are Stepping Up," 8 July 2018 Relatives of Till who have tried to get the case reopened since the release of the book, are grateful for the newfound efforts. Jasmine Hardy,, "New Intel Prompts U.S. Government To Reopen Emmett Till Investigation," 12 July 2018 Somewhere in Indiana, a peanut butter-loving raccoon is very, very grateful. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Raccoon trapped in peanut butter jar ‘tried to thank’ cop who came to the rescue, video shows," 28 June 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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Phrases Related to grateful

grateful/thankful for small mercies

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English Language Learners Definition of grateful

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


grate·ful | \ˈgrāt-fəl \

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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