grat·​i·​tude | \ ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce gratitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of gratitude

: the state of being grateful : thankfulness expressed gratitude for their support

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Examples of gratitude in a Sentence

Let me express my sincere gratitude for all your help. We remember with gratitude those who died defending our country.
Recent Examples on the Web By the time the broadcast ended, about a half hour past its scheduled three-hour running time, the Oscars did generate some feelings of gratitude. oregonlive, "Oscars 2020 show: A few surprises can’t save a mostly predictable, overlong snooze (review)," 10 Feb. 2020 Nike Nike’s giant debt of gratitude to the city of Baltimore continues. Marc Bain, Quartz, "A newcomer and a classic by Nike were the US’s top-selling sneakers for 2019," 1 Feb. 2020 How do say that in a way that communicates all of your gratitude, without weakening your resolve to move on? Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "One of the world’s most popular love songs was actually a resignation letter," 20 Nov. 2019 Every teen series and movie that followed Beatts’s Square Pegs owes it, and her, a debt of total gratitude. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Sony Won CES With a Car No One Will Ever Drive," 10 Jan. 2020 But Windfloat Atlantic does owe a debt of gratitude to its floating forebears. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Largest Floating Wind Farm Is Already Hard at Work," 9 Jan. 2020 The superintendent stressed that the community owes a debt of gratitude to the district’s employees. John Benson, cleveland, "Ohio Department of Education removes Parma City Schools from fiscal caution status," 8 Jan. 2020 At her investiture to the state Supreme Court on Friday, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves’ remarks were full of gratitude. USA TODAY, "Bounty of bags, parrot false alarm, virtual hike: News from around our 50 states," 6 Jan. 2020 Ironically, the theme of gratitude may actually be our best strategy in the new year. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "How to use gratitude to delight customers and improve sales," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gratitude

1523, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gratitude

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gratitudo, from Latin gratus grateful

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The first known use of gratitude was in 1523

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation or thanks


grat·​i·​tude | \ ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce gratitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Kids Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation

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