grat·​i·​tude | \ ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -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.

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Maezawa said his promotion on Twitter was a show of gratitude after Zozotown sold 10 billion yen worth of merchandise during its New Year’s sale. Hamza Shaban, The Seattle Times, "Japanese billionaire takes over top spot on Twitter after he offers prize money for retweets," 7 Jan. 2019 Having a sense of gratitude often helps me out of the ‘travel is a burden’ self-talk that can cause the inevitable micro-struggles of travel to appear more dramatic. Annie Daly, SELF, "16 Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy When You Travel A LOT, From People Who Do It," 6 Dec. 2018 Some gratitude would have been a simple acknowledgment. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 This season’s races, which have drawn between 1,300 and 5,000 fans, lend credence to that theory, as does the gratitude Betteral and Bennett get from speedway regulars. Pat Muir, The Seattle Times, "Yakima Speedway: a throwback in danger of closing forever," 3 Sep. 2018 Not long after Meghan's message was posted, her co-hosts all expressed their gratitude toward the senator. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Co-Hosts Show Their Support for Meghan McCain With Touching Tributes to Her Dad," 27 Aug. 2018 Trump's immediate response, nevertheless, was gratitude. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "Analysis: Returning remains good, but easy, move for N.Korea," 27 July 2018 The family wishes to express their gratitude to Gladeview Health Care and Rehabilitation of Old Saybrook, CT, especially to the nurses and staff on the third floor for their compassion, respect and kindness to Carol and her family., "Carol Lepore," 3 July 2018 Jessica Rhodes, one of the executive producers, expressed her gratitude in having Adams as both a lead and fellow exec producer. Christina Schoellkopf,, "'Sharp Objects' stars on working with Amy Adams, tackling mental abuse," 27 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation or thanks


grat·​i·​tude | \ ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation

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