Meaning of “grateful” in the English Dictionary

"grateful" in British English

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uk /ˈɡreɪt.fəl/ us /ˈɡreɪt.fəl/

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.

More examples

  • It was a long journey and I was grateful for his company.
  • I tried to convey in my speech how grateful we all were for his help.
  • I'd be eternally grateful if you could arrange it.
  • We are all profoundly grateful for your help and encouragement.
  • The authors are grateful for the unceasing support of the editors in London and New York.
adverb uk /ˈɡreɪt.fəl.i/ us /ˈɡreɪt.fəl.i/

She smiled at me gratefully.

(Definition of “grateful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grateful" in American English

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us /ˈɡreɪt·fəl/

showing or expressing thanks, esp. to another person:

I’m grateful for your love and support.
adverb us /ˈɡreɪt·fə·li/

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Lincoln Fund.

(Definition of “grateful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)