American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Appreciative of benefits received; thankful.
- adj. Expressing gratitude.
- adj. Affording pleasure or comfort; agreeable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pleasing to the mind or the senses; agreeable; gratifying; affording pleasure.
- Betokening or expressing gratitude; denoting thankfulness.
- Feeling kindly or tenderly on account of a favor or favors bestowed; disposed to acknowledge and repay benefits.
- Synonyms Grateful, Thankful, beholden. Grateful is preferred when we speak of the general character of a person's mind: as, a man of a grateful disposition; an ungrateful wretch. Grateful often expresses the feeling, and the readiness to manifest the feeling by acts, even a long time after the rendering of the favor; thankful refers rather to the immediate acknowledgment of the favor by words. The same distinction is found in the negative forms, ungrateful, unthankful, thankless. Thankful is often loosely used for relieved or glad, where the thanks, if rendered, would be given to a merciful or helping Providence: as, I am thankful for my escape.
- adj. Showing appreciation, being thankful.
- adj. Recognizing the importance of a source of pleasure.
- adj. Pleasing, welcome.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a due sense of benefits received; kindly disposed toward one from whom a favor has been received; willing to acknowledge and repay, or give thanks for, benefits.
- adj. Affording pleasure; pleasing to the senses; gratifying; delicious.
- adj. feeling or showing gratitude
- adj. affording comfort or pleasure
- grate + -ful, from Latin gratus ("pleasing, agreeable") + -ful. (Wiktionary)
- From obsolete grate, pleasing, from Latin grātus; see gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But I may permit myself, perhaps, to say I am _most_ grateful, _most grateful_, dearest friend, for this admission to participate, in my degree, in these feelings.”
“The way she used those air quotation marks around the word grateful confused me.”
“I remain grateful for the Jesuit professors I had, everyone of them.”
“Had I known that, I would have been much too timid to say anything to him, and I remain grateful for the ignorance that made our enjoyable conversation possible.”
“And I have been enjoying the nudging I've been getting (from friends, from God, from readings) that being grateful is a perfectly fine response.”
“I got to know the author ten years ago while he was the Bosnian ambassador to the EU and NATO, and he did one thing for me for which I will forever remain grateful: he introduced me to sushi.”
“You could almost hear the telepathic message beaming forth from Coca-Cola headquarters whenever a freed miner fell to his knees in grateful prayer: OK, now pleasepleaseplease, just ASK FOR A COKE!!!”
“But I like the daffodil farm and remain grateful for the paid work I did there.”
“I remain grateful to Jim for his service and his efforts in this process, said Barack Obama.”
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