Definition of thankful in English:


Syllabification: thank·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈTHaNGkfəl


  • 1Pleased and relieved: [with clause]: they were thankful that the war was finally over [with infinitive]: I was very thankful to be alive
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    • I was thankful for the light so I could see but glad it was just enough to see and not blind me.
    • I am very thankful for the contribution and support of everyone at the meeting.
    • I hold my babies tight and I am thankful for every moment I have with them.
  • 1.1Expressing gratitude and relief: an earnest and thankful prayer
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    • "It's well appreciated," Pettus said in a thankful speech at the dedication.
    • First, recognize when a thankful response is appropriate.



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  • The intended spirit of the ancient festival is one of gentleness and thankfulness, paying respect to elders and showing appreciation for the gift of life-giving water.
  • They thanked him for the references he had supplied, and graciously he acknowledged their thankfulness though he could not remember any assistance; was this a problem?
  • We are able to perceive a tone of gratitude and thankfulness for Carver's willingness to share his scientific largesse with the surrounding community.


Old English thancful (see thank, -ful).

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