From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgratefulgrate‧ful /ˈɡreɪtfəl/ ●●○ S3 W3 adjective 1 THANKfeeling that you want to thank someone because of something kind that they have done, or showing this feeling OPP ungratefulgrateful for I’m so grateful for all your help.grateful to I 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 grateful I 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 adverb All contributions will be gratefully received. The authors gratefully acknowledge your financial support.
Examples from the Corpusgrateful• Just then he felt the bone pop, 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 acknowledge receipt of this letter.• For this a grateful nation made him a hero.• He sulked, grateful only that he had not insisted on the iron mask, 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 gold bangle.• a grateful sigh 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.Origin grateful (1500-1600) grate “pleasing, thankful” ((16-17 centuries)), from Latin gratus