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
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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 3 Oct. 2022.

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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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