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


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

  1. Showing appreciation, being 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”, BBC Sport:
      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. Recognizing the importance of a source of pleasure.
  3. Pleasing, welcome.
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Skeleton in Armor:
      Fell I upon my spear, / Oh, death was grateful!
    • Herman Melville, Omoo
      [] grateful underfoot was the damp and slightly yielding beach, from which the waves seemed just retired.



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