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

Definition of gladden

intransitive verb

archaic : to be glad

transitive verb

: to make glad

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it would gladden me to hear you sing again
Recent Examples on the Web What gladdens my heart about geese, and helps fend off the virus blues, is their complete self-absorption. James Gorman, New York Times, "Geese May Not Inspire You, but They Certainly Take Your Mind off the Virus," 22 Mar. 2020 The letter was a mistake, but one that gladdened hearts in Tehran. Karim Sadjadpour, Time, "Why the U.S. Assassination of Soleimani is a Windfall for Iran's Mullahs," 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, "What is a Tom and Jerry, and why does Wisconsin love and make this unique winter cocktail?," 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, "Texas turkeys thriving after mild, wet spring," 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, "‘I have not slept in days’: Readers react to Tahlequah, the mother orca clinging to her dead calf," 5 Aug. 2018 These would be the kinds of voters who should, in theory, support the GOP tax bill, applaud the rollback of the regulatory state, be gladdened by his judicial appointments, and generally be willing to give the president the benefit of the doubt. Jay Cost, National Review, "Trump’s Refusal to Embrace the Norms of Presidential Behavior Will Hurt His Party," 18 Dec. 2017 But for his pains, he was subjected to a harassment of a kind that would gladden the heart of an anti-anti-Communist. William F. Buckley Jr., National Review, "A School Superintendent Battles Pro-Communists and Pettifoggers," 26 Oct. 2017 That would both gladden and sadden neighbors, among whom opinion is apparently mixed. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Firing cannons in neighborhood probably not free speech, Greenfield says," 7 Sep. 2017

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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 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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