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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This year forced me to sit down and to really be present, not just with work, but with family and with friends, and to be grateful. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "5 Black Women Share What They’re Demanding From 2021," 5 Jan. 2021 Some tell stories of not being accepted for being gay, while others are grateful for the sense of connection. Los Angeles Times, "Leslie Jordan, everyone’s favorite ‘Instagram maven,’ is having the time of his life," 3 Jan. 2021 And between all those activities there was actually time to sit back and think and be grateful. Jen Nation, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: 2020 was the year we all winged it and did the best we could," 24 Dec. 2020 Shane Weinsten, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1575, which represents about 250 bus operators, told the board on Wednesday that employees are grateful. Mallory Moench,, "Golden Gate Transit workers spared from layoffs for now in anticipation of coronavirus relief funds," 23 Dec. 2020 Having a job at all, on top of a sense of security, both professional and physical, is a situation for which Morey is grateful. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "76ers executive Daryl Morey feared for safety after Hong Kong tweet: 'I was extremely concerned'," 23 Dec. 2020 Jones was grateful when Congress passed a measure for $1,200 stimulus checks to taxpayers as part of the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Fight for stimulus checks for couples of mixed immigration status ends with partial victory," 22 Dec. 2020 David Teicher, whose daughters are in kindergarten and third grade at Mahwah schools, was grateful. New York Times, "Children Love Snow Days. The Pandemic May End Them Forever.," 15 Dec. 2020 If lawmakers could stop demagoguing long enough to pass a version of the DREAM Act, iterations of which have been circulating for a while, the majority of Americans would be grateful. Editorial Board New York Times, Star Tribune, "The Biden administration: Policy ideas that could bridge the divide," 14 Dec. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Grateful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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