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From Latin gratus (pleasing, agreeable) + -ful, morphologically grate +‎ -ful.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹeɪtfəl/
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  • Hyphenation: grate‧ful


grateful (comparative gratefuller or more grateful, superlative gratefullest or most grateful)

  1. Appreciative; thankful.
    I'm grateful that you helped me out.
    I'm grateful to you for helping me out.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Carroll thought he had equalised with his header against the bar with eight minutes left. Liverpool claimed the ball had cross the line and Chelsea were grateful for a miraculous intervention from Cech to turn his effort on to the woodwork.
  2. (obsolete) Pleasing, welcome.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, Scene 1,[2]
      Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of it.
    • 1659–1660, Thomas Stanley, “[The Doctrine of Epicurus.] Chapter XXIII. Of Fortitude, against Discontent of Mind.”, in The History of Philosophy, the Third and Last Volume, [], volume III, London: [] Humphrey Moseley, and Thomas Dring, [], OCLC 1205532072, 5th part (Containing the Epicurean Sect), 3rd part of philosophy (Ethick, or Morals), page 261:
      [T]he aſſwagement of his [a wise man's] diſcontent conſiſts in two things, formerly preſcribed as remedies againſt corporeall pain; viz. Diverſion of his thoughts from his loſſe, or the cause of it; and an application of them to thoſe things, which he knowes to be gratefull and pleaſant to his mind.
    • 1839, Robert Hooper, Klein Grant, Lexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary (4th edition, page 1177)
      [] its glands give forth gum arabic; and its flowers an odour of a very grateful fragrance.
    • 1841, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Skeleton in Armor,”[3]
      Fell I upon my spear,
      Oh, death was grateful!
    • 1847, Herman Melville, Omoo, Chapter 67,[4]
      [] grateful underfoot was the damp and slightly yielding beach, from which the waves seemed just retired.



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