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

Definition of glad

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


gladded; gladding

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Definition of glad (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from glad


gladly adverb
gladness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for glad

Synonyms: Adjective

blissful, chuffed [British], delighted, gratified, happy, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, thankful, tickled

Synonyms: Verb

agree (with), content, delight, feast, gas [slang], gladden, gratify, please, pleasure, rejoice, satisfy, suit, warm

Antonyms: Adjective

displeased, dissatisfied, joyless, sad, unhappy, unpleased, unsatisfied

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of glad in a Sentence


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.


it hath gladded my heart to see thy face again
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Maybe unavoidably, too, Douglas lacks some of the deeper emotional impact of Nanette, a fact Gadsby is glad to acknowledge up front. Leah Greenblatt,, "Hannah Gadsby brings her shrewd discomfort comedy to new show Douglas," 26 July 2019 Street-is-neat types will be glad to hear that the Silverado RST with four-wheel drive will also offer the 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed transmission as an option. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Toughens Up with New Diesel and Expanded V-8 Availability," 22 May 2019 Hugo’s not a glad-hander, slap-‘em-on-the-back type of guy. Rick Kogan,, "Gibsons Confidential: Inside tales from the famous restaurant are in a book you can't yet read," 12 July 2018 In general, Bodnia is just glad Konstantin is still part of the Killing Eve story. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Killing Eve Sneak Peek: Konstantin Tells Villanelle to "Show Eve Polastri What She's Missing"," 26 Apr. 2019 There aren't many pirates left, but back in the 16th century, when Barbarossa was ripping around the Mediterranean, visitors were probably glad for the fortifications. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "8 European Beach Vacations That’ll Make Your Instagram Friends Jealous," 28 June 2018 The Audi e-tron is the most conventional, and be glad that its clever side-view cameras aren't allowed here in the US. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018 So glad to see these Riverdale ladies are always looking out for each other. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Madelaine Petsch Almost Had a Wardrobe Malfunction at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards," 19 June 2018 The awards season in Hollywood has stretched into six months of schmoozing, coordinated by strategists who know how to glad-hand every Academy member and craft a narrative around why their client is the most deserving winner. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Netflix Sees Oscar Gold in ‘Roma,’ but Hollywood Isn’t So Sure," 17 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wow, what a year for flowers: peonies, dahlias, glads, ligularias — and most others for that matter. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, "Make the most of this exceptional summer for Alaska flowers," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of glad


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of glad

: feeling pleasure, joy, or delight
: very willing to do something
old-fashioned : causing happiness and joy


\ 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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