\ 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 of was 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 Unlike at a gallery opening after-party, say, there were no distractions to smooth over the rough patches — no music pumping overhead, no glad-handers butting in, no excuses to run to the bar. New York Times, "We Want Our Friends Back! (But Which Ones?)," 27 Mar. 2021 Shoppers and people glad to be out of the house amid the pandemic browse City Creek, Mar. 13, 2021. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How Utah’s economy bounced back from COVID, and how much better it could get," 21 Mar. 2021 Malia’s quite glad that her mother told her to taste fresh turmeric. Gary Stoller, Forbes, "Mom’s Cookin’ With Turmeric Inspired New Allagash Beer," 19 Mar. 2021 Longtime Michael’s customers will be glad to know that the restaurant’s famous steer-butt steak is still on the menu, as well as the white chocolate bread pudding. Bob Carlton |, al, "An iconic Alabama steakhouse, and the woman who keeps it going," 20 Jan. 2021 Minnesotans will be glad to know that at the heart of that effort has been Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips, a fiscal lead for the Problem Solvers Caucus that produced this package. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Some signs of hope on COVID-19 relief packages," 5 Dec. 2020 On the other hand, many smaller influencers, called micro-influencers, will be glad to promote your product for just getting the product itself. Adrian Falk, Forbes, "Five Ways To Grow Your E-Commerce Store Quickly," 19 Mar. 2021 That might be worth a toast at your favorite neighborhood hangout — but these glad tidings also come with a heaping side of uncertainty. Washington Post, "As vaccinations increase, you may want to dine indoors again. Here’s what to consider.," 19 Mar. 2021 Offensive line coach/run game coordinator Sean Kugler said the team was glad to use Jones as a backup in his rookie season. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals agree to terms with OL Kelvin Beachum on 2-year deal," 17 Mar. 2021 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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3 Apr 2021

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“Glad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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