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 Lab strength Yesterday, responding to Modi’s call to express gratitude to emergency workers, millions of Indians clapped, banged, and played percussion instruments at 5 pm. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A spike in Covid-19 cases melts the markets as India battles equipment shortage," 22 Mar. 2020 Getting lots of likes on a social media post may give you a fleeting hit of dopamine, but receiving a direct message or e-mail with a genuine compliment or expression of gratitude is more personal and longer lasting—without taking much more time. Kasley Killam, Scientific American, "How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing," 12 Mar. 2020 Her family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the medical staff at the Hospital of Central CT for the thoughtful and compassionate care given to Shirley., "Shirley J. Trommer," 3 Dec. 2019 Trump and his defenders owe great gratitude to their leader’s rescuer, the individual publicly known only as The Whistleblower. Martin Schram, Twin Cities, "Martin Schram: A tribute to Trump’s rescuer," 17 Nov. 2019 Moon sent a letter to the North Korean leader in return, expressing his gratitude for the remarks, his office said, according to the Korean Herald. Fox News, "Kim Jong Un sends condolence letter to South Korean over coronavirus outbreak," 5 Mar. 2020 Moon sent Kim back a letter on Thursday conveying his gratitude to him, Yoon said. Time, "Kim Jong Un Expresses 'Condolences' Over Coronavirus Outbreak in South Korea," 5 Mar. 2020 But what is most remarkable about the Moltkes, more than their courage or faith, two aspects of character that are reciprocal, is their gratitude regardless of their circumstances. Mary Spencer, National Review, "What Real Resistance Looks Like," 29 Feb. 2020 On Wednesday, Whitaker joined members from Dallas Fire Rescue Station 40 and Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Dominique Artis to express his gratitude. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "‘First responders always respond’: Former fire lieutenant thanks firefighters for saving his life when he had a heart attack," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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