thank·​ful | \ ˈthaŋk-fəl How to pronounce thankful (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Bernard Collin, the general manager of La Goulue, a French restaurant on the Upper East Side, was thankful for the situation’s fluidity. New York Times, "Indoor Dining Will Reopen in New York City at 25% Capacity," 29 Jan. 2021 With injuries mounting and just two seasons left on his contract, the Lions should be thankful for that. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford seek fresh start via trade: How it came to this," 24 Jan. 2021 Just thankful that Beau was not alone during this historic day., "As President Biden addressed the world, an unknown man in uniform stood watch over his son Beau’s grave," 21 Jan. 2021 Very thankful, though, to represent that group of men back 25 years ago. Tom Green |, al, "What Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said about Auburn on eve of Citrus Bowl," 31 Dec. 2020 So thankful to have had this activity during this crazy time. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Vote Forward is encouraging voter turnout with handwritten letters," 15 Oct. 2020 But so thankful to be working at a great school with the best staff and special young people. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "COVID-19 has Utah’s fall sports athletes and coaches playing things by ear," 28 Aug. 2020 Ken Obloy and Brad Kochmit quickly shifted into developing hand sanitizer at the beginning of the pandemic, drawing a thankful bunch of first-responders. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "67 Greater Cleveland restaurants that opened in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Though immensely thankful for his support, Iñarritu refutes that. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "‘Amores Perros’ at 20: Iñárritu’s symphony of desire still jolts," 19 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of thankful

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

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The first known use of thankful was before the 12th century

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21 Feb 2021

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“Thankful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce thankful (audio) \

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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