Definition of grateful in English:



  • 1Feeling or showing an appreciation for something done or received.

    ‘I'm grateful to you for all your help’
    ‘she gave him a grateful smile’
    • ‘The committee would be grateful for your help in hosting a table or being a guest on the night.’
    • ‘If you have one hour free a week we would be grateful for your help with Community Games.’
    • ‘To be offered a treat such as freshly baked shortbread is sure to raise a grateful smile.’
    • ‘When they reached their destination they gave their chocolate eggs to grateful parents.’
    • ‘He is deeply grateful to all who sent him best wishes and were so kind and generous.’
    • ‘There are too many of you to email back personally, but I am very, very grateful.’
    • ‘If anyone can tell me how to change the font for headings, I would be grateful.’
    • ‘The committee are very grateful to all who helped in the field and with the teas and in the shop.’
    • ‘The tokens may be dropped in to the school and we would be grateful of your support.’
    • ‘Justice has been done and we are all so grateful to the police officers down there in Devon who have worked so hard.’
    • ‘She is also very appreciative of what you do for her and is grateful for my interest.’
    • ‘I know some of you have made heroic efforts to get here, and we are very grateful and appreciative of that.’
    • ‘Every year a large number of people come out and help and we are grateful for your support.’
    • ‘So if anyone has got any tips as to how I can calm my nerves before or during the flight I'd be very grateful.’
    • ‘I guess we all knew this was coming, and I am grateful that it seems to be so well managed and controlled.’
    • ‘We are grateful for the support we have received from family, friends and the local community.’
    • ‘He was not disappointed and said he was grateful for the support of his family and staff.’
    • ‘Equally I am grateful for the support he has received from many of your readers.’
    • ‘From time to time I put out a plea for help in this column and was so grateful for the responses.’
    • ‘Leaving the island at the end of the week, I was grateful for the chance to visit such a beautiful place.’
    thankful, filled with gratitude, appreciative
    indebted, obliged, obligated, under obligation, in your debt, beholden
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    1. 1.1archaic Received or experienced with gratitude; welcome.
      ‘the grateful shade’
      • ‘Ragged he was, with a split shirt front open to the wishbone; but the November breeze, carrying fine snowflakes, brought him only a grateful coolness.’
      • ‘The hearth blazes in the middle and a grateful heat is spread around, while storms of rain and snow are raging without.’
      • ‘After a much needed and grateful rest the Saints resumed their journey in the spring of 1854, arriving in Utah in October of that year.’
      • ‘And who is there, therefore, to whom, if prepared for heaven, the grave would not be a place of calm and grateful rest?’
      • ‘A short walk of perhaps a hundred yards beneath the grateful shade of wide-spreading mulberry trees covered with fruit and bearing in their branches numberless gaudy-hued, twittering songsters, brought one to the hotel.’


Mid 16th century: from obsolete grate pleasing, thankful (from Latin gratus) + -ful.