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 Nick Bondi is thankful for the people who walk into Jerry’s Sandwiches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Josh Noel,, "‘Dehumanization’ of Chicago’s restaurant workers leaves them with a tough choice: COVID-19 risk or unemployment?," 1 Mar. 2021 Moab residents are thankful for off-highway enthusiasts who drive their machines to Sand Flat Recreation Area trailheads on trailers, like this group at the trailhead to the Fins & Things 4x4 Trail area, Feb. 20, 2021. Leah Hogsten, The Salt Lake Tribune, "In Moab, UTVs are dominating the landscape and making residents’ lives miserable. Here’s what that looks like.," 27 Feb. 2021 Although the steering feels tight and the suspension uses parts from the old, high-performance SVR, most drivers will be thankful for the traction control system and all-wheel-drive configuration to help keep the Heritage on the highway. Jeremy Taylor, Robb Report, "First Drive: Jaguar’s F-Type Heritage 60 Edition Is a Handful to Handle, but That’s Part of the Fun," 25 Feb. 2021 His kids -- Nyla, Romeo and Daniel -- are very thankful for their superhero dad in brown. CBS News, "Meet the frontline heroes of the coronavirus pandemic," 16 Dec. 2020 In the wake of Arizona firing Kevin Sumlin after a 70-7 loss to Arizona State (his 12th straight defeat) during the weekend, UCF fans should be very thankful this holiday season that the Knights hired Josh Heupel instead of Sumlin three years ago. Mike Bianchi,, "Hey, Gators, blame the SEC for your loss to LS-Shoe! | Commentary," 16 Dec. 2020 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

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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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“Thankful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 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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