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 One leaves the movie shattered with gratitude towards Planned Parenthood and the people who work there, and disoriented with rage towards almost everybody else. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Planned Parenthood Is the Real Star of Never Rarely Sometimes Always," 8 Apr. 2020 Most Spaniards reacted with gratitude to Inditex’s donations, but not all. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "Coronavirus Is Forcing Europe to Rediscover Civil Society," 2 Apr. 2020 Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years. Sara Spary, CNN, "Bob Dylan has released a song about the Kennedy assassination -- and it's 17 minutes long," 27 Mar. 2020 One coach, UNT’s Grant McCasland, looks at the season with gratitude. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "For two regular-season championship coaches, two different perspectives on robbed March Madness dreams," 24 Mar. 2020 Along with gratitude came a tinge of apprehension, a sense that unpredictable change had come to the north woods. Ellen Barry, TheWeek, "Can China save a town in Maine?," 8 Mar. 2020 As the chorus sang, Dern basked in the attention with glorious gratitude. Washington Post, "A decent show, if you like your Oscar nights fully automated," 10 Feb. 2020 The hope is that they will be filled with gratitude and your kindness will be contagious. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "A Can’t-Miss Nature Film, Music-Fueled Haircuts, and More Things to See and Do in the West This Week," 27 Jan. 2020 Lean into this episode to hear how these friends overcome heartache and still celebrate the holidays with gratitude. Essence, "LeToya Luckett Opens Up About The Loss Of Her Mother-in-Law," 18 Dec. 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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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