glad·​den | \ ˈgla-dᵊn How to pronounce gladden (audio) \
gladdened; gladdening\ ˈgla-​dᵊn-​iŋ How to pronounce gladden (audio) \

Definition of gladden

intransitive verb

archaic : to be glad

transitive verb

: to make glad

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Examples of gladden in a Sentence

it would gladden me to hear you sing again
Recent Examples on the Web Lopez, after all, is a pop star—her work is to rouse, inspire, and gladden large crowds by encouraging them to revel in a moment of fleeting, collective joy. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2021 The Concorde will gladden the hearts of record buffs. J. A. Maxtone Graham, Popular Mechanics, 24 Sep. 2020 That turnaround is sure to gladden the hearts of Republicans, who have no hope of controlling the White House without Texas. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2020 What gladdens my heart about geese, and helps fend off the virus blues, is their complete self-absorption. James Gorman, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2020 The letter was a mistake, but one that gladdened hearts in Tehran. Karim Sadjadpour, Time, 9 Jan. 2020 The egg nog-esque concoction of powdered sugar, whipped eggs and spices mixed with hot water or milk and a shot of brandy or rum (or both) has gladdened the hearts and stomachs of Cheeseheads for decades. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2019 That news coincided with other observations gladdening the hearts of hunters and others who follow the fortunes of one of the state’s most treasured upland game birds. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 8 June 2019 And they like we are gladdened by the sun’s kiss on the water, thrilled by the arrival of a child, and broken when farewell must come. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, 5 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of gladden

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Gladden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gladden

old-fashioned : to make (someone) glad


glad·​den | \ ˈgla-dᵊn How to pronounce gladden (audio) \
gladdened; gladdening

Kids Definition of gladden

: to make glad … Matthias saw a sight that gladdened his heart.— Brian Jacques, Redwall


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