American English

Definition of thankful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[not usually before noun]
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  • pleased about something good that has happened, or something bad that has not happened thankful (to do something) I was thankful to see they'd all arrived safely. thankful (for something) He wasn't badly hurt—that's something to be thankful for. She was thankful for the darkness which allowed her to slip away unnoticed. thankful (that…) I was thankful that he hadn't been hurt.
  • Idioms
    be grateful/thankful for small mercies
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    to 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.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: thankful