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Definition of grateful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Word Familygrateful adjective (ungrateful)gratefully adverbgratitude noun (ingratitude)grateful adjective (ungrateful)gratefully adverbgratitude noun (ingratitude)
adverb He nodded gratefully. All donations will be gratefully received. I gratefully acknowledge the help of many people here today.
be grateful/thankful for small mercies
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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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