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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.
  3. pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing: a grateful breeze.

Origin of grateful

1545–55; obsolete grate pleasing (< Latin grātus) + -ful
Related formsgrate·ful·ly, adverbgrate·ful·ness, nouno·ver·grate·ful, adjectiveo·ver·grate·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·grate·ful·ness, nounqua·si-grate·ful, adjectivequa·si-grate·ful·ly, adverb
Can be confusedgrateful gratified (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for grateful

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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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for gratefully

admiringly, thankfully, delightedly, responsively

Examples from the Web for gratefully

Contemporary Examples of gratefully

Historical Examples of gratefully

  • "You are very kind, Captain Smith," said Robert, gratefully.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "Thank you, Mike; you're a good friend," replied the girl, gratefully.


    W. A. Fraser

  • "Thank you, Mildred," her cousin said, bowing to her gratefully.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Adams gratefully protracted the handshake that accompanied these inquiries.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • And gratefully pressing my hand at the end, "This has been the chance of a lifetime," he said.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for gratefully


  1. thankful for gifts, favours, etc; appreciative
  2. showing gratitudea grateful letter
  3. favourable or pleasanta grateful rest
Derived Formsgratefully, adverbgratefulness, noun

Word Origin for grateful

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

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