\ 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 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

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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 Pontus Skoglund, a population geneticist at the Francis Crick Institute who was a co-author on one of the 2015 studies with Hünemeier, says he’s glad to see South American scientists building on the previous work. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Earliest South American migrants had Australian, Melanesian ancestry," 29 Mar. 2021 Kansas coach Bill Self was glad Kruger got to go out on his own terms. Star Tribune, "Sooners basketball coach Lon Kruger retires after 35-year career," 25 Mar. 2021 Business owners in the area are glad to see the plywood removed from the building at 415 E St. and a new restaurant moving in, said Amanda Moser, executive director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s second Bear Paw restaurant will replace the previously boarded-up Hard Rock Cafe downtown," 19 Mar. 2021 Quite a few people didn’t mind what the house looked like and were just glad to see Huntsville being shouted out. Tandra Smith |, al, "‘Somewhere Dracula would live’: Alabama home listed on Zillow prompts questions, jokes," 18 Mar. 2021 The irony of the lemur’s name was not lost on staff, all of whom were glad to see that the petite primate had survived, spotted in his tree after Irma cleared. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Hurricane Facts: What happens to zoo animals during a hurricane?," 8 Mar. 2021 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 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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15 Apr 2021

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“Glad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 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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