- 1feeling or showing thanks because someone has done something kind for you or has done as you asked grateful (to somebody) (for something) I am extremely grateful to all the teachers for their help. We would be grateful for any information you can give us. grateful (to do something) She seems to think I should be grateful to have a job at all. grateful (that…) He was grateful that she didn't tell his parents about the incident. Kate gave him a grateful smile.
- 2used to make a request, especially in a letter or in a formal situation I would be grateful if you could send the completed form back as soon as possible. I would be most grateful if you would keep this matter confidential. Word Familygrateful adjective (≠ungrateful)gratefully adverbgratitude noun (≠ingratitude)
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NAmE//ˈɡreɪtfəli//adverb He nodded gratefully. All donations will be gratefully received. I gratefully acknowledge the help of many people here today.Idioms
2to be happy that a situation that is bad is not as bad as it could have been Well, at least you weren't hurt. I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies.
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