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


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹeɪtfəl/
  • Hyphenation: grate‧ful
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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, Thomas Stanley, The History of Philosophy, Volume Three, Part Five, Epicurus, translated from the work of Pierre Gassendi, London: Humphrey Moseley and Thomas Dring, Chapter 23,[3]
      [] the asswagement of his 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,”[4]
      Fell I upon my spear,
      Oh, death was grateful!
    • 1847, Herman Melville, Omoo, Chapter 67,[5]
      [] grateful underfoot was the damp and slightly yielding beach, from which the waves seemed just retired.



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