[ greyt-fuhl ]
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  1. warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: I am grateful to you for your help.

  2. expressing or actuated by gratitude: a grateful letter.

  1. pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable; welcome: a grateful breeze;The peace and calm of the hill country is a grateful relief.

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Origin of grateful

First recorded in 1545–55; obsolete grate “pleasing” (from Latin grātus ) + -ful

synonym study For grateful

1. 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.

Other words for grateful

Other words from grateful

  • grate·ful·ly, adverb
  • grate·ful·ness, noun
  • o·ver·grate·ful, adjective
  • o·ver·grate·ful·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-grate·ful, adjective
  • qua·si-grate·ful·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with grateful

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How to use grateful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grateful


/ (ˈɡreɪtfʊl) /

  1. thankful for gifts, favours, etc; appreciative

  2. showing gratitude: a grateful letter

  1. favourable or pleasant: a grateful rest

Origin of grateful

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

Derived forms of grateful

  • gratefully, adverb
  • gratefulness, noun

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