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Definition of grateful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    grateful

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    adjective
    NAmE//ˈɡreɪtfl//
     
     
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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)
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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
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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: grateful

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