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 Central Florida sports fans will always owe Orlando City owner Flávio Augusto da Silva a massive debt of gratitude for stepping up when a minor-league franchise needed a sugar daddy to fund the leap to Major League Soccer. Mike Bianchi,, "Flávio selling Orlando City to Wilf family is a gift from the NFL gods | Commentary," 11 May 2021 The digital accolade was legit — a small gesture of gratitude for a teacher who, like his peers across the nation, has endured the unprecedented and inordinately grueling experience of trying to educate students during a pandemic. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening this weekend with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 8 May 2021 Mother’s Day is a chance to offer a token of gratitude for all of the unseen, unheard labor that goes into motherhood. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, "49 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For All The Special Moms In Your Life," 7 May 2021 At night during Ramadan, there is almost always an iftar, a meal eaten with family and/or friends, full of gratitude for the opportunity of community. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Eid Al-Fitr: The sweet holiday of festive foods," 7 May 2021 Bell happens to be a big fan of gratitude and finding contentment in quiet moments. SELF, "How to Actually Cultivate Gratitude and Joy," 3 May 2021 He was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth in July 2020 as a gesture of gratitude for his philanthropic impact. Glenn Garner,, "David Beckham Juggles Soccer Ball 100 Times to Honor Late Captain Tom Moore on 101st Birthday," 1 May 2021 Still, Tyler and Catelynn have a tremendous amount of gratitude for the couple. Kristen Baldwin,, "Tyler explains why he didn't write Carly a letter in Teen Mom OG reunion sneak peek," 26 Apr. 2021 The company spoke with lawyers to make sure the act of gratitude was legal before rolling out the promotion on April 12. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Construction company welcomes people fleeing big cities for the country with free AR-15," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Gratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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