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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Jokes aside, Polasek is grateful for his players’ wrestling history. Laken Litman,, "The Wrestling Background That Bonds Iowa's Offensive Line," 13 Sep. 2019 In those times, yes, be grateful for your phone(s). Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Woman’s constant connection via cell to disabled family members is its own health hazard," 13 Sep. 2019 Senior quarterback Rand Jensen, who transferred from Chandler Basha earlier in his career, is grateful for the facilities. Richard Obert, azcentral, "This small Arizona high school has state-of-the-art college-like facilities," 12 Sep. 2019 The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations, and immense support of Neiron and his recovery. Jerry Mcdonald, The Denver Post, "Former Raider Neiron Ball dies at 27 after battle with rare brain condition," 10 Sep. 2019 When someone is direct and brings an issue to our attention, many therapists will be grateful for that information. Molly Burford, Glamour, "How to Break Up With Your Therapist," 6 Sep. 2019 In one sense, the sports media business should be grateful for stories like this. Mike Finger,, "Cowboys owner Jerry Jones runs a bluff, but he’s far from alone," 3 Sep. 2019 Glendale mom Tracey Gordon — eating outside La Cañada’s Wing Stop with sons Nico, 6, 3-year-old Cash and Jack, 6, following a doctor’s appointment — was grateful for the offer of free Slurpees. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "CV Station deputy ‘tickets’ good-behaving youth during Operation Chill," 7 Aug. 2019 Ramona High teachers and students are particularly grateful to Poindexter, who came to the Ramona High campus in the evenings to teach students how to use a Haas Automation milling machine. Ramona Sentinel, "Mentors needed to assist Career Technical Education students," 22 Aug. 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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