Definition of grateful in English:


Line breaks: grate|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈgreɪtfʊl
, -f(ə)l/


  • 1Feeling or showing an appreciation for something done or received: I’m grateful to you for all your help she gave him a grateful smile
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    • I know some of you have made heroic efforts to get here, and we are very grateful and appreciative of that.
    • To be offered a treat such as freshly baked shortbread is sure to raise a grateful smile.
    • She is also very appreciative of what you do for her and is grateful for my interest.
    thankful, filled with gratitude, appreciative; indebted, obliged, obligated, under obligation, in your debt, beholden
  • 1.1 archaic Received or experienced with gratitude; welcome: the grateful shade
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    • And who is there, therefore, to whom, if prepared for heaven, the grave would not be a place of calm and grateful rest?
    • After a much needed and grateful rest the Saints resumed their journey in the spring of 1854, arriving in Utah in October of that year.
    • A short walk of perhaps a hundred yards beneath the grateful shade of wide-spreading mulberry trees covered with fruit and bearing in their branches numberless gaudy-hued, twittering songsters, brought one to the hotel.



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  • Sponsorship cards are now available and your support will be gratefully appreciated.
  • Any information or records no matter how trivial would be gratefully received.
  • There will be a cake sale and donations for this will be gratefully accepted.


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  • This new plan has been welcomed by the entire community who extend their gratefulness to all those concerned in providing extra housing and activities for the elderly in their midst.
  • I remember it with joy and gratefulness for all the times spent there.
  • He was met with abuse as well as gratefulness for his visits.


mid 16th century: from obsolete grate 'pleasing, thankful' (from Latin gratus) + -ful.

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