grat·​i·​tude | \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -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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Sometimes that colors my periods in the light with gratitude, with appreciation for being out of the darkness. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "Surviving Depression," 8 June 2018 Some viewers responded with private messages of support, gratitude, and hope. Aaron Carter,, "Olympic hopeful Thelma Davies is outrunning opponents, even a mysterious rash," 24 May 2018 Wilder’s son and daughter both expressed gratitude for an outpouring of support from well-wishers, though Wilder was unable to take visitors. Robert Mccoppin,, "Band director seriously injured in freak accident during Chicago rehearsal when equipment falls from ceiling," 10 May 2018 With much gratitude, Glenn Eberly, President of the Ellington Centennial Lions Club. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 1 May 2018 Lily was a thoughtful lady who in her final days expressed sincere gratitude for the cheering floral arrangements sent by family and friends., "Lily S. Cuyler," 12 Apr. 2018 My gratitude to all of them and FX is beyond words or measure. Libby Hill,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, RuPaul, Tiffany Haddish and more react to Emmy nominations," 12 July 2018 Her family would like to express their sincere gratitude for her devoted medical team: the hematology department at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale, Dr. Alfred Lee, Dr. Edward Clerkin, and Ola's caregivers Elizabeth and Theresa., "Ola K. Ferla," 11 July 2018 Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how to best know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises. Fox News, "Kennedy retirement grants Trump second high court pick," 28 June 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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The first known use of gratitude was in 1523

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English Language Learners Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation or thanks


grat·​i·​tude | \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Kids Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation

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obstinately defiant of authority

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