[ greyt-fuhl ]
/ ˈgreɪt fəl /


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

1545–55; obsolete grate pleasing (< Latin grātus) + -ful


1 obliged, indebted. Grateful, thankful describe an appreciative attitude for what one has received. Grateful indicates a warm or deep appreciation of personal kindness as shown to one: grateful for favors; grateful to one's neighbors for help in time of trouble. Thankful indicates a disposition to express gratitude by giving thanks, as to a benefactor or to a merciful Providence; there is often a sense of deliverance as well as of appreciation: thankful that one's life was spared in an accident; thankful for the comfort of one's general situation.
3 pleasant, gratifying, satisfying.

Related forms

Can be confused

grateful gratified (see synonym study at the current entry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grateful

British Dictionary definitions for grateful


/ (ˈɡreɪtfʊl) /


thankful for gifts, favours, etc; appreciative
showing gratitudea grateful letter
favourable or pleasanta grateful rest

Derived Forms

gratefully, adverbgratefulness, noun

Word Origin for grateful

C16: from obsolete grate, from Latin grātus + -ful
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