Definitions of grateful

  1. affording comfort or pleasure; " the grateful warmth of the fire"
  2. feeling or showing gratitude; " a grateful heart"; " grateful for the tree's shade"; " a thankful smile"
  3. Having a due sense of benefits received; kindly disposed toward one from whom a favor has been received; willing to acknowledge and repay, or give thanks for, benefits; as, a grateful heart.
  4. Thankful; pleasurable.
  5. Gratefully.
  6. Gratefulness.
  7. Causing pleasure: acceptable: delightful: thankful: having a due sense of benefits.
  8. GRATEFULNESS. GRATEFUL, THANKFUL. Grateful is preferred when we speak of the general character of a persons mind; as, a person of a grateful disposition; or when a person has received favors from some individual. Thankful has reference rather to gratitude for particular act of kindness, and does not necessarily imply a favor conferred by a person; as, for instance, when we say we are thankful at being delivered from danger; I felt thankful at my escape, where it is nearly equivalent to relieved or glad; thankful has generally reference of some specific act; grateful is more general or characteristic of a habit. This is clearly seen in their opposites, ungrateful and thankless, or ingratitude and thanklessness.
  9. Pleasant; delightful; thankful.
  10. Having or expressing a due sense of benefits received; thankful.
  11. Having or implying a due sense of benefits; affording pleasure; gratifying. See Gratify.
  12. Having a due sense of benefits or kindness; agreeable; affording pleasure to the senses.

Usage examples for grateful

  1. I am very grateful to you for the suggestion, said Hartmut, who had not the slightest idea what the subject was, but felt that he had to go into action now. – The Sign of Flame by E. Werner
  2. They sent back a message of grateful thanks, and I never heard of them afterwards. – Among Malay Pirates And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril by G. A. Henty
  3. But for this and other help the Gunnings were not grateful. – Curiosities of Impecuniosity by H. G. Somerville
  4. He wanted to get a fine head to take back with him, and would be grateful if I would take him with me. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  5. Monsieur, I am going, but I will be very grateful if you will take these things yourself to- to Natacha. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  6. I ought to be very grateful. – The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  7. Whatever happens- she'll have to be grateful to me. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. I am very grateful, but I cannot be there. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  9. " Mrs. Ravenel asked me to tell you how grateful she is. – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  10. If some one here can help me I will be grateful. – Quiet Talks on Power by S.D. Gordon
  11. Father, she called, come and tell Mr. Meyer how grateful we are to him. – Benita, An African Romance by H. Rider Haggard
  12. Jack offered to help him lose himself in the crowd, and again Andy was grateful. – The Happy Family by Bertha Muzzy Bower
  13. I often feel grateful that they did not live to see these evil days. – The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune by A. D. Crake
  14. I believe you, he says, and I'm grateful to you.... – J. Poindexter, Colored by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  15. I am most grateful, most happy- most happy, come what will! – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  16. Any sign of that kind was still grateful to her. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  17. Miss Sterling's voice was grateful. – Polly and the Princess by Emma C. Dowd
  18. At a moment, I cannot answer; but I am very grateful for even the thought. – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever