- warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: I am grateful to you for your help.
- expressing or actuated by gratitude: a grateful letter.
- pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing: a grateful breeze.
Origin of grateful
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Examples from the Web for gratefully
The American-distributed Qurans would be gratefully received.The U.S. Military Should Hand Out Qurans in Afghanistan as a Good-Will Gesture
March 1, 2012
Upon being hauled onto the ship, he gratefully drank a glass of water and then broke into tears.Japan Earthquake: Gripping Survivor Stories
The Daily Beast
March 13, 2011
“The Obama administration came in and gave us this extra push,” he said, gratefully.How Obama Lost Arnold
January 19, 2010
Lopez, wearing an orange Scoop T-shirt dress, looks as gratefully exhausted as any new mother.Behind the Glow
October 6, 2008
"You are very kind, Captain Smith," said Robert, gratefully.Brave and Bold
"Thank you, Mike; you're a good friend," replied the girl, gratefully.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"Thank you, Mildred," her cousin said, bowing to her gratefully.
Adams gratefully protracted the handshake that accompanied these inquiries.
And gratefully pressing my hand at the end, "This has been the chance of a lifetime," he said.The Harbor
- thankful for gifts, favours, etc; appreciative
- showing gratitudea grateful letter
- favourable or pleasanta grateful rest
Word Origin and History for gratefully
1550s, "pleasing to the mind," also "full of gratitude," from obsolete adj. grate "agreeable, thankful," from Latin gratus "pleasing" (see grace). "A most unusual formation" [Weekley]. Hard to think of another case where English uses -ful to make an adjective from an adjective. Related: Gratefully; gratefulness.