gratitude

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noun grat·i·tude \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of gratitude

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

Examples of gratitude in a Sentence

  1. Let me express my sincere gratitude for all your help.

  2. We remember with gratitude those who died defending our country.

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Origin and Etymology of gratitude

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



GRATITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gratitude for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of appreciation or thanks


GRATITUDE Defined for Kids

gratitude

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noun grat·i·tude \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of gratitude for Students

  1. :  a feeling of appreciation

Word Root of gratitude

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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