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.
Recent Examples of grateful from the Web
A willingness to imagine himself as a dutiful and grateful avatar of his own adored fan base.
Be grateful for all the different ways humanity has invented to scroll.
Far from seeking to frog-march Snowden into court and pressing charges, including two that fall under the 1917 Espionage Act, a grateful nation should invite him back from Russia and present him with, if not a medal, then an official thank-you.
Will a grateful nation raise its eyes to him and, girding its loins once again, follow into battle this gleaming paladin of the Plains… Ben Sasse.
Kevin, grateful to be alive, accepts his kindness and quietly offers forgiveness.
Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn All Americans are grateful for the incredible contributions of our nation’s Greatest Generation.
(And a grateful nation yawned and decided to see what was up on River Monsters.)
The investors ousted the young founders, but not before Hook convinced the grateful kids to prepay him for five years of future strategy work.
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Origin and Etymology of grateful
obsolete grate pleasing, thankful, from Latin gratus — more at grace
First Known Use: 1552
GRATEFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grateful for English Language Learners
: feeling or showing thanks : feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act
GRATEFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of grateful for Students
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
Word Root of grateful
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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