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 The family would like to express gratitude to the wonderful caregivers who so lovingly took care of Betty at home from the Visiting Angels of Middlefield, and also to Middlesex Hospice and Palliative Care., "Elizabeth H. Wyskiel," 13 Nov. 2019 Kash Doll expressed gratitude to her fans in Detroit and all over the world on her Instagram. Kayla Cockrel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit rapper Kash Doll earns first Billboard spot debuting at No. 76," 29 Oct. 2019 As Mayor Cathey takes the stage, people scribble words of gratitude to hang on a fence and children chase one another, their laughter rising in the air and spreading across the crowd. Carmen Sisson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this storm-ravaged city dreams of a comeback – with heart," 18 Oct. 2019 In hers, Zhao expressed gratitude to those who had spoken up about the book’s themes. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The “Cancel Culture” Con," 23 Sep. 2019 Wakabayashi expressed gratitude to CdM for giving her a start in coaching. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Jordann Wakabayashi steps down as Corona del Mar’s softball coach, heads over to Savanna," 13 Aug. 2019 The stars of the show, Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden and Manny Jacinto all expressed gratitude at having been part of a show that felt special., "‘The Good Place’ stars get tearful, express gratitude as show’s final season nears," 8 Aug. 2019 Now, instead of sadness, I am filled with gratitude for all your support, encouragement, and every emotion shared. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Billy Miller Speaks out on Leaving the 'General Hospital' Cast in Heartbreaking Tweet," 29 July 2019 Softly loved himself, was the thing, and the Stella one was lovely, but then the Denise one was lovely, too, and a normal man would be down on his knees with gratitude just to have the one or the other. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 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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Last Updated

7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Gratitude.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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