\ˈglad \
gladder; gladdest

Definition of glad 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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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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

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 Leaf is glad the Pacers’ summer roster boasts a wealth of UCLA talent, too. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Pacers’ T.J. Leaf focused, aiming high in second year," 3 July 2018 The Warriors are definitely glad to have Curry back. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Draymond Green jokingly welcomed back ‘6th man of the year’ Steph Curry," 2 May 2018 In contrast, Martín Sepulveda and Dwight Yoder are glad to see a strong Border Patrol presence in their city. NBC News, "In South Texas, Trump immigration policies cut into the fabric of border culture," 7 July 2018 Hadnott is glad to get the full offseason to work with the players. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "Summertime news: Waukegan upbeat in coach Jonathan Hadnott's first full camp," 19 June 2018 After the group moved inside for talks, Trump again hung back as other heads of state glad-handed around the room. Washington Post, "No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations," 11 July 2018 Boca Raton residents who live near canals say they’re glad projects to chop down trees and vegetation are being delayed. Marci Shatzman,, "Boca Raton wins delay on plan to remove trees near residents' homes," 11 July 2018 Another investor, William Barnum of Warren, Oregon, said he was disappointed by how slowly the wheels of justice turn but is glad the four DBSI executives will soon be in prison. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Four years after their convictions, these 4 Meridian business execs are headed to prison," 6 July 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


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

: causing happiness and joy


\ˈglad \
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.
gladness noun

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