Definition of grateful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    grateful

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈɡreɪtfl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡreɪtfl//
     
     
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  1. 1  feeling or showing thanks because somebody 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. Grateful thanks are due to the following people for their help… Kate gave him a grateful smile. Express YourselfThanking somebody for somethingWhen someone gives you something, or does something for you, you often want to say more than just a brief ‘thank you’: Thank you very much. It's very kind of you./You really shouldn't have. Thank you so much for coming. It was really nice to see you. I'm very grateful. I do appreciate your help.Responses: That's all right. Don't mention it. No problem. My pleasure. I'm glad I could help.
  2. 2  used 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) Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from obsolete grate ‘pleasing, thankful’ (from Latin gratus) + -ful.Extra examples I am more than grateful for their generous response. I’ll be forever grateful for your help. I’m eternally grateful that we managed to go there before the war. I’m immensely grateful to you for your support. I’m just grateful the injury is not as bad as we’d feared. Thank you for your help. I really am most grateful. We are deeply grateful to you and your family. He was grateful that she didn’t tell his parents about the incident. I would be grateful if you could send the completed form back as soon as possible. Kate gave him a grateful look.
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