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.

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Miami is also feeling the gratitude after saving escaping a drive-by shooting in her hometown back in August. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "City Girls Rapper Yung Miami Looked So Angelic In Her Last Maternity Shoot," 17 Sep. 2019 King has been getting messages of gratitude from people with children receiving treatment at the hospital, as well as from those who've received treatment there in the past and are now cancer-free. Ryan Prior, CNN, "A fan held a sign on 'College GameDay' asking people to Venmo him money for beer. Now he's donating it all to a children's hospital," 17 Sep. 2019 And while every speech is filled with humor, gratitude and a lot of emotion, there are some speeches that stand above the rest – here are some of our favorites. Diana Pearl,, "From SJP to JLD: 13 of Our Favorite Emmys Acceptance Speeches Ever," 16 Sep. 2019 Political parties sponsor weddings for young members to reinforce their loyalty, and gratitude. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Here Comes the Bride. And the Bride. And the Bride. Mass Weddings Boom in Lebanon.," 15 Sep. 2019 Doctors, major health groups and concerned parents reacted with shock and gratitude to the Trump administration's surprise announcement. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Supreme Court OKs strict asylum rule, Boris Johnson denies lying to the queen & an epic Bumblebee party: The Morning Rundown," 12 Sep. 2019 What remains is gratitude for his life being spared 32 years ago. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Stephen Bouchard," 9 Sep. 2019 Women need to feel allowed to embrace both the overwhelming gratitude, the sweet and incredible high of new motherhood, along with the fear and bitterness of a birth that didn’t go as planned. Nikki Kolb, Glamour, "A Traumatic Birth Forever Changed My First Moments of Motherhood," 4 Sep. 2019 At the Seattle Public Library, a young woman accosts Bernadette, showering her with praise and gratitude for her influential work in architecture, and Bernadette skitters away awkwardly, barely saying a word in response. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and the False Dream That Art Will Fulfill You," 22 Aug. 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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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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