From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgratefulgrate‧ful /ˈɡreɪtfəl/ ●●○S3W3 adjective1THANKfeeling that you want to thank someone because of something kind that they have done, or showing this feeling opp ungratefulgrateful forI’m so grateful for all your help.grateful toI am very grateful to all those who took the trouble to write to me.grateful (that)She should be grateful that he was making things easier for her.extremely/deeply/eternally etc gratefulI am extremely grateful for the assistance your staff have provided.Our grateful thanks go to all who participated.She gave me a grateful look.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say I appreciate it rather than I’m grateful: Thanks, I’m really grateful. → Thanks, I really appreciate it. | I’m grateful for everything you've done. → I appreciate everything you've done.2 →I would be grateful if you could/would ... —gratefully adverbAll contributions will be gratefully received.The authors gratefully acknowledge your financial support.
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grateful• Just then he felt the bonepop, then slide painfully free, and he was not grateful but angry now.• I'm really grateful for everything you've done for me.• I should be grateful if you would acknowledgereceipt of this letter.• For this a gratefulnation made him a hero.• He sulked, grateful only that he had not insisted on the ironmask, but had chosen the velvet one.• Dr Shah has received hundreds of letters from grateful patients.• Fay is one of Dr. Scott's grateful patients.• At the end of the summer, Margarett was so grateful she gave Mrs Ramsdell a goldbangle.• a gratefulsigh of relief• I suppose she was so grateful that she became one of his flock.• My daughter was rescued safely, and I am very grateful to the firemen.• Mr. Snape I understand that, and I am grateful to the Minister for pointing it out.• I guess the Huggins family is still grateful to you.grateful thanks• I extend to them our grateful thanks.• The Bishop tried hard to express his grateful thanks.• To the people who had already heard of her illness and sent her cards and good wishes Molly sends her grateful thanks.• Three Cheers for all of your, and grateful thanks for your response to our call for new members during last year.• Our grateful thanks to Unwins and Suttons seeds for allowing us to use their original seed catalogues.