glad

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adjective

gladder; gladdest
1
a
: experiencing pleasure, joy, or delight : made happy
b
: very willing
glad to do it
c
: made pleased, satisfied, or grateful
often used with of
was glad of their help
2
a
: marked by, expressive of, or caused by happiness and joy
a glad shout
b
: causing happiness and joy : pleasant
glad tidings
3
: full of brightness and cheerfulness
a glad spring morning
4
archaic : having a cheerful or happy disposition by nature
gladly adverb
gladness noun

glad

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verb

gladded; gladding
archaic

glad

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noun

Examples of glad in a Sentence

Adjective We're glad you could come. I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have. The mail brought glad news from our friends in England. We've been through some sad times and some glad times. Verb it hath gladded my heart to see thy face again
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Despite the uneven performance, Marsh was glad to work five innings and put his teammates in a position to win. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 9 June 2024 As for Campbell, she’s been back on TV screens and is glad to be feel like herself again, if not better than before. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 6 June 2024 Pasta lovers will be glad to see four types of macaroni and cheese on the menu, including Buffalo Chicken Mac topped with applewood smoked bacon and drizzled with mild Buffalo and ranch sauce. Shannon Greene, Charlotte Observer, 28 May 2024 The late Princess of Wales’ longtime hairdresser Richard Dalton made the revelation at the Styling Princess Diana panel at Fotografiska New York on May 21, sharing why William was always glad to see him. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for glad 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, shining, glad, from Old English glæd; akin to Old High German glat shining, smooth, Latin glaber smooth, bald

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glad was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Glad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glad. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

glad

adjective
ˈglad
gladder; gladdest
1
a
: experiencing pleasure, joy, or delight : made happy
glad things turned out well
b
: made pleased, satisfied, or grateful
was glad of their help
c
: very willing
glad to do it
2
a
: marked by, expressive of, or caused by happiness
a glad shout
b
: causing happiness and joy : pleasant
glad tidings
3
: full of brightness and cheerfulness
a glad spring morning
gladly adverb
gladness noun

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