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English definition of “grateful”

grateful

adjective uk   /ˈɡreɪt.fəl/ us  
B1 showing or expressing thanks, especially to another person: I'm so grateful (to you) for all that you've done. If you could get that report finished by Thursday I'd be very grateful. After the earthquake we felt grateful to be alive. I'm just grateful that I'm not still working for him.formal I would be most grateful if you would send me the book immediately.
Opposite
Relieved and thankful
gratefully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
She smiled at me gratefully.Relieved and thankful
(Definition of grateful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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