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

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 Sullivan said Biden will express his gratitude to the company for its significant investment in the United States. Greg Bluestein, ajc, 20 May 2022 The annual celebration of moms and all motherly types comes on the second Sunday of May, and there are always plenty of ways to express your gratitude for those maternal figures in your life. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 2 May 2022 On Monday, the delegation met with Polish President Andrzej Duda and lawmakers in Warsaw to express gratitude for the country’s support of Ukraine. Cara Anna And Inna Varenytsia, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2022 Taking the time to express your gratitude to your co-workers, clients, and partners leaves an imprint of your kindness behind. Amy Blaschka, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 This accomplishment has moved the famous family to express their gratitude toward their devoted fanbase. Dory Jackson,, 20 Apr. 2022 After seeing Al spread the word about his latest project, Lenny reached out in the Instagram comments section to express his gratitude. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 10 Apr. 2022 Now, fans from the LGBTQ community regularly reach out to EJ and his parents — Magic and his mom, Cookie — to express their gratitude for how the family has embraced the community, as well as for Johnson’s HIV/AIDS activism. NBC News, 8 Apr. 2022 Johnson talks about how fans from the LGBTQ community have written him letters or approached him to express their gratitude. Selome Hailu, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Gratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation

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