Grate"ful (?), a. [Grate, a. + full; cf. F. gr'e thanks, good will, fr. L. gratum, neut. of gratus agreeable, grateful. See Grate, a.]


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.


Affording pleasure; pleasing to the senses; gratifying; delicious; as, a grateful present; food grateful to the palate; grateful sleep.

Now golden fruits on loaded branches shine, And grateful clusters swell. Pope.

Syn. -- Thankful; pleasing; acceptable; gratifying; agreeable; welcome; delightful; delicious.

-- Grate"ful*ly, adv. -- Grate"ful*ness, n.


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