in a way characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech:She is as strong and fit as one of those gracefully sleek and beautiful racehorses you see galloping toward the finish line.It's wise to coach children on how to gracefully handle being presented with an unwanted gift.
- non·grace·ful·ly, adverb
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How to use gracefully in a sentence
Still, in one of his last acts as president, Bush wrote a generous, graceful letter to incoming President Bill Clinton.‘Dear Bill’: The classy letters left in the Oval Office from one president to another | Gillian Brockell | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
I saw at least 10 small boats coming to help, I jumped in a private boat whose owners were graceful enough to send their captain help out.
In the Bronx, Curtis is trying the spruce pine and the graceful longleaf pine, both native to southern states.Winter wonders: Conifers revive the sleeping garden. But remember, less is more. | Adrian Higgins | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
They’re also graceful swimmers, and can hold their breath for up to five minutes.These Photos Remind Us Why Conservation Matters - Issue 92: Frontiers | Kevin Berger | November 11, 2020 | Nautilus
Amy Grant texted me and told me she listened and thought my story was beautiful in the way I told it and graceful and I appreciated that.Former Avalon singer on coming out, getting ousted and where he is today | Joey DiGuglielmo | October 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
He gracefully lifts a little boy in the air and poses for a picture.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy | Olivia Nuzzi | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At this point, McAvoy bows out of the conversation gracefully.Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy on 'Eleanor Rigby,' First Heartbreak, and Robin Williams | Marlow Stern | September 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You'd been drunk for hours, but you dove off a double-decker lake boat and came up gracefully for air.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Sud Express dining car served a seven-course lunch, paced gracefully to last most of the journey.
His most common reminders for anyone about to hit the red carpet are “walk gracefully and suck in.”Stylists Offer Advice on the Art of the Red Carpet Pose | Keli Goff | March 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Venice is a City of the Past, and wears her faded yet queenly robes more gracefully by night than by day.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Perry's arms fell gracefully to his side and he inclined his head and half closed his eyes in acknowledgment.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
How gracefully she led off the merry dance whilst clogs were on her spirits, weighing upon every movement.
Even if you see that matters are going wrong, do not let your annoyance appear, but gracefully ignore the painful facts.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
By making them habitual, they will become natural, and appear easily, and sit gracefully upon you.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley