\ ˈglad How to pronounce glad (audio) \
gladder; gladdest

Definition of glad

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1a : 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
2a : 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


gladded; gladding

Definition of glad (Entry 2 of 3)




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Other Words from glad


gladly adverb
gladness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for glad

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And while Zoom continues to offer its services to any K-12 schools that need them, Yuan’s glad to have his own two youngest children back in the building. Alex Konrad, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Doan is glad to have the opportunity to get to know the coaches and the other young players, as well as the structure and learning the way the Coyotes want to play under new head coach André Tourigny. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 Looking ahead, Luisi is glad to be working with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, which was shut down for a year and a half. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 All PCs are personal though—hence the name—and for every 29 people who don’t need more than 16GB of RAM, there’s probably one person who does, and would be glad to have 512GB for some esoteric scientific, research, or extreme imaging reasons. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 8 Sep. 2021 Ewing fans, meanwhile, should be glad to have a new source of his writing now that Immortal Hulk is wrapping up (though in contrast to that 50-issue Green Giant epic, Defenders is only a five-issue miniseries). Christian Holub,, 7 Sep. 2021 The residents were glad to be returning to their homes after being forced to evacuate because of the Caldor Fire. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Duffy is glad things on campus are feeling more normal. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2021 Hugh Jackman is glad that The Greatest Showman brought a smile to a fan's face. Naledi Ushe,, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Flowering plants, including glads, aren’t treasured for their leaves. oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2020 Wow, what a year for flowers: peonies, dahlias, glads, ligularias — and most others for that matter. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of glad


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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glad

Adjective and Verb

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

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

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“Glad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of glad

: feeling pleasure, joy, or delight
: very willing to do something
: causing happiness and joy : pleasant


\ ˈglad How to pronounce glad (audio) \
gladder; gladdest

Kids Definition of glad

1 : being happy and joyful She was glad to be home.
2 : bringing or causing joy glad news
3 : very willing I'd be glad to help.

Other Words from glad

gladly adverb I would gladly help.

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