Definition of gratitude in English:



mass noun
  • The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

    ‘she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support’
    • ‘On the whole there was little evidence of gratitude towards the Coalition.’
    • ‘What promised to be a miserable evening turned out to be one of sweet gratitude.’
    • ‘The club has extended their sincere gratitude to all that support the weekly lotto.’
    • ‘Ken would like to extend sincere gratitude to all who voted for him during the competition.’
    • ‘Many sailors visited the area while on leave to meet local people and express their gratitude.’
    • ‘Pay compliments often but sincerely and show people gratitude whenever appropriate.’
    • ‘We want to express our gratitude for their trust and for letting us manage the initial steps of the investigation.’
    • ‘He realised his life since had been wasted on drugs and wanted to express gratitude to the police for having caught him.’
    • ‘We should show our gratitude to medical science and acknowledge the role of animals in modern medicine.’
    • ‘She wrote to me expressing her gratitude for the help I had given her in Denmark.’
    • ‘A great evening was had by all and he expressed his gratitude to the people of the Parish.’
    • ‘As a return of gratitude, he is willing to share a large percentage of the sum with you.’
    • ‘The gratitude should be expressed and the stories told while you are here to enjoy them.’
    • ‘As a result of these victories, each man had the admiration of the world and the undying gratitude of his nation.’
    • ‘When I look at him today, I feel this tremendous sense of respect and gratitude for what he did.’
    • ‘Now you have an idea of the ecstatic gratitude I have been feeling since I returned.’
    • ‘Olivia expressed her gratitude for the grant, which will be used to pay just some of her fees.’
    • ‘She recalls with gratitude the acts of generosity and courage to which she owes her life.’
    • ‘All farmers expressed a deep sense of gratitude for the thought given by the club.’
    • ‘They also expressed gratitude to supporters who wrote to their MPs and members of the House of Lords.’
    gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, recognition, acknowledgement, hat tip, credit, regard, respect
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin gratitudo, from Latin gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’.