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

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In the small favors department, Donald Trump can be thankful for how his renegade lawyer Michael Cohen chose to oblige committee Democrats by fanning the dying embers of Russiagate. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Mr. Chaos vs. The Swamp," 5 Mar. 2019 Hopeful Easter Captions Easter is the time to rejoice and be thankful for the gift of life, love, and joy. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "35 Cute Easter Instagram Captions for All of Your Egg-ceptional Photos," 14 Feb. 2019 So thankful and appreciative for all the blessings in my life! Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Kelly Clarkson Nailed Her Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance," 22 Nov. 2018 Oklahoma City is thankful, but Indiana just made their upcoming rebuild even trickier for no reason at all. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "One year ago, the Victor Oladipo trade happened. Here's how he gave Pacers fans hope again.," 29 June 2018 View this post on Instagram Very thankful to be nominated for music and a part of this production. ... Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Mahershala Ali's Wife Amatus Sami-Karim? The Couple Are Both Artists," 23 Jan. 2019 These sweet deals are truly something to be thankful for. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 Deals From All of Your Favorite Stores and Brands," 20 Nov. 2018 Be original, be curious, be kind, be thankful, and there's no substitute for hard work. Kathleen Knowles, Town & Country, "Kit Keenan Talks Fast Fashion, Being an Influencer, and the Best Advice Her Mom Ever Gave Her," 17 July 2018 One of the emotional threads running through Tony Awards acceptance speeches on Sunday were expressions of surprise by winners who were thankful that theater had made a place for someone who looked like them. Patrick Pacheco,, "Ari'el Stachel talks backstage about embracing his Middle Eastern heritage, and now a Tony Award," 11 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 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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