\ ˈglad How to pronounce glad (audio) \
gladder; gladdest

Definition of glad

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1a : experiencing pleasure, joy, or delight : made happy
b : very willing glad to do it
c : made pleased, satisfied, or grateful often used with ofwas 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 Oregon resident Tiffany Lemmerz said she's lost everything, but is just glad her family's alive. Faith Karimi, CNN, "With their homes in ashes, residents share harrowing tales of survival after massive wildfires kill 15," 11 Sep. 2020 Either way, fund managers will be glad to see the back of an issue that has forced them to work nights after late votes that flipped markets, defeated two prime ministers and divided the country. Michael Msika, Fortune, "Lagging stocks, a battered pound: investors get a painful glimpse of ‘no-deal Brexit’ Britain," 9 Sep. 2020 Nelson, who is a mother to two girls and a foster son, is just glad that the child made it safely. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "When the runway lights failed, Alaska residents used their car headlights to land a medevac plane," 1 Sep. 2020 Sara McCorquodale, 37, who runs a company providing insights to brands about social-media influencers, is just glad for some respite for both her and the family after domestic and work life merged during lockdown. Emily Ashton, Bloomberg.com, "Welcome Back to School, Britain’s Economy Is Counting On You," 1 Sep. 2020 Cera was probably glad to be able to return to blinking, though. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "John Hughes Meets 'Kill Bill:' Memories Behind 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'," 13 Aug. 2020 With Open Communities seeing a 300 percent increase in requests for assistance since the onset of the pandemic, Ball was glad to see the introduction of the two state programs now set to launch. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Can’t pay rent or mortgage? Housing grants are available," 10 Aug. 2020 Indeed, coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are glad to see their own postseason hopes still alive and kicking. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs beat Pelicans, block Zion from the playoffs," 9 Aug. 2020 The show has reportedly only been filming for two weeks, and things seemed to be back on track when fans were glad to see that Crawley's new pool of suitors were more age appropriate (read: over 30) than the pre-COVID batch. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "The Unprecedented Clare & Tayshia Bachelorette Drama & Rumours, Explained," 4 Aug. 2020 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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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glad. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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