grate·​ful | \ ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce grateful (audio) \

Definition of grateful

1a : appreciative of benefits received
b : expressing gratitude grateful thanks
2a : affording pleasure or contentment : pleasing
b : pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated

Other Words from grateful

gratefully \ ˈgrāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce grateful (audio) \ adverb
gratefulness noun

Examples of grateful in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web So what is there to be grateful for this holiday season? USA Today, 22 Nov. 2021 The South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools are grateful for community partners who support students and staff through donations and sponsorships. cleveland, 22 Nov. 2021 Perry was grateful for the work of state Attorney General Chris Carr and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case around the time the video came out. Dakin Andone, CNN, 21 Nov. 2021 Waldoch, who works in health care, is also grateful for her family's flexibility in respecting COVID-19 accommodations while still maintaining family togetherness. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, Georgoulis, 6-foot, 190 pounds, who grew up being coached by his dad in youth football, is grateful for every day. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 Practitioners who don’t teach for a living are grateful for the help. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Ryan Straw, the government affairs director for the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, said the organization's 11,000 members were grateful for the governor including the extra pay in his budget request. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 10 Nov. 2021 The baby also traveled 125 miles in an ambulance, but the family is grateful for the medical professionals' care, according to Chasten Buttigieg's Twitter post. Sarah Beth Guevara, ABC News, 6 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of grateful

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grateful

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

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The first known use of grateful was in 1552

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25 Nov 2021

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“Grateful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grateful

: feeling or showing thanks : feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act


grate·​ful | \ ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce grateful (audio) \

Kids Definition of grateful

1 : feeling or showing thanks I'm grateful for your help.
2 : providing pleasure or comfort … the blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose …— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Other Words from grateful

gratefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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