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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Jim Hallett and the front office are committed to bringing a winner to Indy and I am thankful for the opportunity to coach the Fuel. Indianapolis Star, "Indy Fuel name Doug Christiansen as head coach," 14 June 2019 Unexpected moments will often stick in my mind, such as being grounded by bad weather and forced to take shelter in a wild place, and being thankful for simple things like shelter, food, and water. National Geographic, "Reimagining the Arctic with Photographer Nick Cobbing," 12 June 2019 Though none of the original cast will be returning for season 8 of Dance Moms, Nia remains thankful for her experience. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Here’s What Nia Sioux Has Been Doing Since Leaving ‘Dance Moms’," 30 May 2019 Schulz and his teammates were thankful Santa Fe baseball players, sophomores Trenton Beazley and Rome Shubert, survived the shooting which took 10 lives on the campus. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball playoffs: Clear Springs wins series with heavy hearts," 19 May 2018 Great night, great people, great organization the @theuso and one thankful Kentuckian for seeing it all. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "NASCAR drivers emotional, 'speechless' after visiting Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," 11 May 2018 In Pendergast, where salaries of around $40,000 are a source of pain and protest for the district’s American educators, Mr. Soberano is thankful for the pay. New York Times, "Teacher Pay Is So Low in Some U.S. School Districts That They’re Recruiting Overseas," 2 May 2018 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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