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adjective grateful pronunciation in American English /ˈɡreɪtfəl/
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  1. feeling that you want to thank someone because they have given you something or have done something for you
    Thanks for coming with me. I’m really grateful.
    grateful for: I’m very grateful for all your help with the party.
    grateful to someone for something: She was grateful to them for letting her stay at their house.
    grateful (that): You should be grateful that I didn’t tell your parents.


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