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 First of all, Red Sox fans should be thankful to them for being integral parts of the Yankees team that finally lost to Boston. Chad Finn,, "Pondering Dustin Pedroia’s Hall chances, and eight other thoughts . . .," 21 Jan. 2020 Lamical Perine had a lot to be thankful for on Friday morning. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Senior Bowl 2020: Theodore recognizes Lamical Perine with pep rally," 24 Jan. 2020 Dolan also was thankful for how baseball addressed the Houston Astros cheating controversy. Branson Wright, cleveland, "Dolan family receives Liftetime Achievment Award at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards," 23 Jan. 2020 Beyond his impressive career accomplishments, the country star has something else to be thankful for: His family. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Luke Bryan Shared a Rare Photo of His Entire Family and the Kids Look So Grown Up," 8 Dec. 2019 The baby monkey was born the day before Thanksgiving, just four days after baby giraffe Theo was born, giving the Cincinnati Zoo much to be thankful for. Madeline Mitchell,, "Baby white-face saki monkey born at the Cincinnati Zoo," 4 Dec. 2019 Chanel Iman and Sterling Shepard had so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Aww! Chanel Iman And Sterling Shepard Revealed The Gender Of Their Second Child," 2 Dec. 2019 Throw an entire stick of butter into that sweet potato casserole, cover it with sugar or marshmallows, and be thankful for the privilege to make, share, and eat delicious, filling food. Christine Byrne, SELF, "Here’s Why I Stopped Making ‘Healthy Swaps’ at Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2019 The Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation had a lot to be thankful for. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "8 Wild Recipes to Recreate the First Thanksgiving," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of thankful

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

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13 Feb 2020

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“Thankful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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