thankful Definition

feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.

Using thankful: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "thankful" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I am thankful for your help.

  • Example

    She was thankful to be alive after the accident.

  • Example

    He felt thankful that his hard work had paid off.

  • Example

    We are thankful for the support of our friends and family.

thankful Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for thankful

Antonyms for thankful

Phrases with thankful

  • thankful for small mercies

    to be grateful for even the smallest positive things in a difficult situation


    After losing his job, he was thankful for small mercies like having enough food to eat and a roof over his head.

  • to feel grateful for something specific


    I am thankful for my health and the love of my family.

  • to feel grateful towards a specific person


    She was thankful to her teacher for helping her pass the exam.


Summary: thankful in Brief

The term 'thankful' [ˈθæŋk.fəl] refers to feeling or expressing gratitude, often for specific things or people. It is synonymous with 'grateful' and 'appreciative,' and antonymous with 'ungrateful' and 'unappreciative.' Phrases like 'thankful for small mercies' denote gratitude for even small positive things in difficult situations.

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