\ 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 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

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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 Soon Clarkson was grappling with an unsettling question, one that hung over everyone in her chatty, glad-handing line of show business. Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg.com, "Talk TV’s Weird and Difficult Year During the Lockdown," 20 May 2020 Katie Koutski, a customer at the nearby Limanski's Pub, was just glad to relax with her friends and blow off some steam. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Wisconsin bars reopen after court throws out stay-at-home order -- some with new rules," 14 May 2020 Fresh out of cosmetology school, Jennifer Guy was glad to start work as a hairdresser in late February. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "#ShareMyCheck: Why Americans are donating their coronavirus relief checks," 13 May 2020 Al Franken and Brett Kavanaugh would have been glad of the same treatment. The Economist, "Lexington Conservatism in the crisis," 2 May 2020 The disconnect between the stock market message of glad tidings to capitalists and the economy’s slump into the worst performance since the Great Depression is unmissable. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Stock Market Surge Isn’t as Crazy as It Seems," 30 Apr. 2020 Still, Twitter was happy that Saffery was able to address the issue and glad that McHale asked him about it. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Real Tiger King Has Emerged From The Show’s Reunion: Kelci “Saff” Saffery," 12 Apr. 2020 Normally, the closing weeks of an election campaign are a frenetic chase of rallies, speeches, door-knocking, literature drops and old-fashioned back-slapping and glad-handing. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thousands of Wisconsin volunteers for Trump, Sanders and Biden campaigns use virtual methods to reach voters during coronavirus pandemic," 6 Apr. 2020 Many gig workers, like those working for Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart, are glad to not be sick. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "GM Pivots to Building Ventilators, and More Car News This Week," 5 Apr. 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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glad. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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