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

Definition of glad

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : experiencing pleasure, joy, or delight : made happy
b : very willing glad to do it
c : made pleased, satisfied, or grateful often used with ofwas 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)




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

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 Many are very glad to see 2020 almost in the rear view mirror. Anchorage Daily News, "New Year’s Eve in Anchorage," 1 Jan. 2021 After months of solitude in Milan, Italian photographer Davide Bertuccio was glad to be around other people on his inaugural trip aboard Grandiosa in October. Davide Bertuccio, Travel, "Why cruise ships are setting sail again as COVID-19 rages," 25 Dec. 2020 Forced off the hustings by the threat of contagion, the mayoral candidates have been severely constrained in their ability to glad-hand parishioners at Brooklyn churches or kibitz with nursing home residents. New York Times, "Yang Presses Forward, Wiley Is Sidelined: Highlights From Mayor’s Race," 28 Dec. 2020 After decades of corporations freely glad-handing with crooked despots and their cronies, American companies were suddenly banned from such practices. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "How to Make Kleptocrats Fear America Again," 23 Dec. 2020 Frison-ZayZay is glad many of her students have parents at home with them, helping to keep them on track. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "Virtual learning comes with added challenges, small successes for Minnesota's special education students," 19 Dec. 2020 But experts of all kinds are glad to tell you how to do it. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Essays," 18 Dec. 2020 The tidings frequently are more pious than glad, but there’s plenty of musical variety in this warm and friendly show recorded on Lamb’s Players Theatre’s stage. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: ‘Spittin’ Truth to Power’ at La Jolla Playhouse," 17 Dec. 2020 Kestrel, who is in remote school and spending a lot of time in the house, was glad for the distraction. Washington Post, "How a mother-daughter standoff over a dirty sock became a viral sensation," 15 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Flowering plants, including glads, aren’t treasured for their leaves. oregonlive, "Need tips on how to get gladiolus to bloom? Ask an expert," 14 Mar. 2020 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 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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Last Updated

21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Glad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glad. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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