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Webster 1913 Edition


Grateful

Grate′ful

,
Adj.
[
Grate
, a. +
full
; cf. F.
gré
thanks, good will, fr. L.
gratum
, neut. of
gratus
agreeable, grateful. See
Grate
,
Adj.
]
1.
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
.
A
grateful
mind
By owing, owes not, but still pays.
Milton.
2.
Affording pleasure; pleasing to the senses; gratifying; delicious;
as, a
grateful
present; food
grateful
to the palate;
grateful
sleep
.
Grate′ful-ly
,
adv.
Grate′ful-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Grateful

GRA'TEFUL

,
Adj.
[from L. gratus. See Grace.]
1.
Having a due sense of benefits; kindly disposed towards one from whom a favor has been received; willing to acknowledge and repay benefits; as a grateful heart.
2.
Agreeable; pleasing; acceptable; gratifying; as a grateful present; a grateful offering.
3.
Pleasing to the taste; delicious; affording pleasure; as food or drink grateful offering.
Now golden fruits on loaded branches shine,
And grateful clusters swell with floods of wine.

Definition 2022


grateful

grateful

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grateful (comparative gratefuller or more grateful, superlative gratefullest or most grateful)

  1. Showing appreciation, being thankful.
    I'm grateful that you helped me out.
    I'm grateful to you for helping me out
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport:
      Carroll thought he had equalised with his header against the bar with eight minutes left. Liverpool claimed the ball had cross the line and Chelsea were grateful for a miraculous intervention from Cech to turn his effort on to the woodwork.
  2. Recognizing the importance of a source of pleasure.
  3. (dated) Pleasing, welcome.
    • 1839, Robert Hooper, Klein Grant, Lexicon Medicum: or, Medical Dictionary (4th edition, page 1177)
      [] its glands give forth gum arabic; and its flowers an odour of a very grateful fragrance.
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Skeleton in Armor:
      Fell I upon my spear, / Oh, death was grateful!
    • Herman Melville, Omoo
      [] grateful underfoot was the damp and slightly yielding beach, from which the waves seemed just retired.

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