grateful

adjective

grate·​ful ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce grateful (audio)
1
a
: appreciative of benefits received
b
: expressing gratitude
grateful thanks
2
a
: affording pleasure or contentment : pleasing
b
: pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated
gratefully adverb
gratefulness noun

Example Sentences

The voice quacking at the other end of the line sounded surprised and grateful—a young man's eager voice, thankful for the sudden interruption on an otherwise empty afternoon. Paul Theroux, Granta, Summer 1992 I didn't have to be in love with the man to do this, and my poor body'd probably be grateful to get fed, since it'd been on such a starvation diet. Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale, 1992 Sergeant James Smith was a company clerk, which meant that he carried his commander's maps, Edwards was grateful to learn. Tom Clancy, Red Storm Rising, 1986 I am grateful for the Latin I took and for the emphasis on English grammar, which seems to have faded from the curriculum. John Updike, Hugging the Shore, (1983) 1984 The college sent us a grateful acknowledgment of our donation. I'm grateful to you for your help. He's grateful for the attention. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Online, survivors of the shooting, friends and family responded to Fierro’s post with an outpouring of grateful support. Molly Hennessy-fiske And Annie Gowen, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2022 Lally, then in his 30s, was grateful that Tetrick, who belonged to his own generation, took him under his wing. cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 But investors in the United States (and the rest of the world for that matter) don’t have much to be grateful for in what is turning out to be a rotten 2022. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 20 Nov. 2022 This holiday season, Hartman, 57, has a lot for which to be grateful. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 18 Nov. 2022 For his part, Zanini is enormously grateful for the experience. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2022 Instead, grateful residents who gathered Downtown were giving thanks for that most basic of resources – life-sustaining water. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2022 These past six months have been a time to grieve and a time to be grateful. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 10 Nov. 2022 Dylan Dreyer is grateful to be on the other side after Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) impacted her family. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

obsolete grate pleasing, thankful, from Latin gratus — more at grace

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of grateful was in 1552

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Cite this Entry

“Grateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grateful. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

grateful

adjective

grate·​ful ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce grateful (audio)
1
a
: appreciative of benefits received
b
: expressing gratitude
2
: giving pleasure or contentment : pleasing
gratefully adverb
gratefulness noun

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