thank·​ful | \ˈthaŋk-fəl \

Definition of thankful 

1 : conscious of benefit received for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful

2 : expressive of thanks thankful service

3 : well pleased : glad was thankful that it didn't rain

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Other Words from thankful

thankfulness noun

Examples of thankful in a Sentence

Everyone was thankful to hear the good news. we were thankful that someone else was footing the bill for the lavish wedding banquet

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There are a few reasons for that, not the least of which is being thankful for avoiding the ritual dunking in Lake Erie that has submerged 27 Browns starting quarterbacks since 2000, a list that begins with Doug Pederson. Bob Ford,, "Eagles know when to hold 'em, know when to Foles 'em | Bob Ford," 28 May 2018 France were thankful for fine saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris either side of half-time. Kieran Canning,, "Umtiti heads France into World Cup final as Belgium fall short," 10 July 2018 When the Aviles family got the call, they were overwhelmed with relief and happiness and forever thankful to their hero. Danielle Barker, USA TODAY, "Army veteran meets the little girl he saved with his bone marrow donation," 6 July 2018 Excited and thankful to have received an offer from the University of Georgia!!! Bill Landis,, "Ohio State offers another committed 2019 QB; 5-star LB ready to pick a school: Buckeyes recruiting," 14 May 2018 People are thankful the village residents intervened, said Anderson, the school district assistant superintendent. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Village residents rushed in to confront man with knife threatening Kotlik school," 15 May 2018 Dora loved her homeland and was thankful to grow up in Switzerland., "Dora Fischer Reese," 11 Mar. 2018 This is one Punch and Judy show all concerned should be thankful to forget. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "The farce Fuddy Meers makes a critic long for amnesia," 22 June 2018 That seems like a long time ago at this point, something Chesney, as well as the World Champs, are likely thankful for. Drew Lazor,, "Kenny Chesney brings Eagles, Lombardi trophy onstage at Lincoln Financial Field show," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of thankful

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of thankful

: glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.

: of, relating to, or expressing thanks


thank·​ful | \ˈthaŋk-fəl \

Kids Definition of thankful

1 : feeling or showing thanks : grateful

2 : glad sense 1 “I'm so thankful I was here to help you out!”— Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Other Words from thankful

thankfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
thankfulness noun

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