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.

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And knowing many others waiting for an organ won’t be so lucky can lead to conflicting feelings of guilt and gratitude. Aneri Pattani,, "Organ transplant recipients balance guilt and gratitude: 'These were supposed to be her breaths’," 5 June 2019 My heart overflows with gratitude and joy for @hodakotb, Joel and Haley - now a blessed family of four!! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Savannah Guthrie Posted the Most Emotional Response to Hoda Kotb's Adoption News," 16 Apr. 2019 Feeling gratitude for the retreat, and feeling much empathy for those lost everything from the Camp Fire. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 But tied for second are physical fitness and then gratitude and being grateful. Eric Johnson, Recode, "It’s time for Facebook’s board to step up," 23 Nov. 2018 As a result, many Mexican fans felt gratitude and solidarity towards Korean fans and showed their excitement about their team advancing accordingly. Cady Lang, Time, "All It Took Was Beating Germany to Unite Mexico and South Korea World Cup Fans," 27 June 2018 Being in a state of gratitude can feel so slippery sometimes. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "TRACE Tackles Loneliness and L.A. Living in "All My Friends"," 17 May 2019 One picture was turned into a journal cover; Theodore is now the face of my gratitude book. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: My cat thinks he's a dog but he's actually a lifesaver," 29 Apr. 2018 In gratitude, the duo is constantly putting on intimate shows for their biggest supporters. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "5 Things We Want From Twenty One Pilots' New Album," 6 July 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 How to pronounce gratitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation

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