grateful

[greyt-fuhl]
adjective
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:
1545–55; obsolete grate pleasing (< Latin grātus) + -ful

gratefully, adverb
gratefulness, noun
overgrateful, adjective
overgratefully, adverb
overgratefulness, noun
quasi-grateful, adjective
quasi-gratefully, adverb

grateful, gratified (see synonym study at the current entry).


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.
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grateful (ˈɡreɪtfʊl)
 
adj
1.  thankful for gifts, favours, etc; appreciative
2.  showing gratitude: a grateful letter
3.  favourable or pleasant: a grateful rest
 
[C16: from obsolete grate, from Latin grātus + -ful]
 
'gratefully
 
adv
 
'gratefulness
 
n

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grateful
1552, from obsolete adj. grate "agreeable, thankful," from L. gratus "pleasing" (see grace). "A most unusual formation" [Weekley]. Hard to think of another case where English uses -ful to make an adj. from an adj. Grateful Dead, the San Francisco
rock band, took its name, according to Jerry Garcia, from a dictionary entry he saw about the folk tale motif of a wanderer who gives his last penny to pay for a corpse's burial, then is magically aided by the spirit of the dead person. A different version of the concept is found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Example sentences
We are appreciative and grateful for your continued support.
And when you're grateful, the "thank you"s are easy to come by.
We were grateful to be off that boat.
Parents seeking the "right" words will be grateful for Heyman's
  forthright approach and encouraging tone.
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