thankful

adjective 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

thankfulness

noun

Examples of thankful in a Sentence

  1. Everyone was thankful to hear the good news.

  2. we were thankful that someone else was footing the bill for the lavish wedding banquet

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First Known Use of thankful

before 12th century



THANKFUL Defined for English Language Learners

thankful

adjective

Definition of thankful for English Language Learners

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

  • : of, relating to, or expressing thanks


THANKFUL Defined for Kids

thankful

adjective thank·ful \ ˈthaŋk-fəl \

Definition of thankful for Students

1 :feeling or showing thanks :grateful
2 :glad 1
  • “I'm so thankful I was here to help you out!”
  • —Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

thankfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

thankfulness

noun


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