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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Examples of gladden in a Sentence

it would gladden me to hear you sing again
Recent Examples on the Web 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 For those who regret the hemming-in of childhood, though, the Swallows and Amazons are free-range children to gladden the heart. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "The Book Your Kids Should Read This Summer," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of gladden

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of gladden was in the 13th century

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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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