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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Recent Examples on the Web

The board and staff are grateful for her 20 years of dedication to the organization and to the seniors served by FBS’ programs and mission. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Search to begin for new executive director to lead Fort Bend Seniors," 6 July 2019 Our family will forever be grateful for your dedication and support especially during his final days., "Bogdan Burek," 29 June 2019 Making his first start since the 2015 season, Bridgewater was grateful for the moment. Luke Johnson,, "Teddy Bridgewater saw potential for growth in New Orleans, so he stayed," 24 June 2019 After 15 years of moving in and out of rentals, Cyd is grateful to put roots down. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A 1950s house’s ‘quirky, mad-hatter’ revamp," 17 June 2019 After years of working for other chefs, Colby is grateful to have a restaurant to call his own. Garrett Snyder,, "A first look at Antico, Chad Colby’s ode to rustic Italian cooking," 11 June 2019 The good will earned from grateful customers might prove to be more effective marketing. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "SoFi spending $400 million to name an NFL stadium shows everything that’s wrong with student loans," 31 May 2019 Trina Glispy, the nursing assistant who was on dialysis for eight years prior to the procedure, was grateful for both the doctors and drone that delivered her kidney. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Drone Just Successfully Delivered a Transplant Kidney for the First Time Ever," 2 May 2019 So very grateful to the entire crew and cast of Blue Bloods making this journey possible for all of us! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Is Coming Back for Season 10, But Is Tom Selleck Returning?," 19 Apr. 2019

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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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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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