\ 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)

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Kings should be glad Colorado and Tampa Bay are in the Stanley Cup Final. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 And glad the Auburn Tigers are part of this session. Tom Green |, al, 16 June 2022 This misrepresentation of his sister has been difficult, but Golden is glad for the chance to correct the record publicly. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 10 June 2022 Like, my god the storm is so shimmering, incredible and glad. Hua Xi, The Atlantic, 5 June 2022 Others were merely glad for the four-day weekend and a chance to indulge in one of the nation's favorite pastimes: drinking. NBC News, 5 June 2022 And Grant is sometimes called upon to do a bit of glad-handing to promote the brand. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2022 That type of experience for the Rockets ace, who owns an 11-2 record and a 0.66 ERA, is the type of situation that McElroy is glad her team is facing before the tournament. Colin Bannen,, 14 May 2022 At first sip, this wine is like the guy who walks into the party, and glad-hands everyone in the room and spouts sound bites about the day’s news. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Flowering plants, including glads, aren’t treasured for their leaves. oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2020 Wow, what a year for flowers: peonies, dahlias, glads, ligularias — and most others for that matter. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, 4 Aug. 2017 See More

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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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26 Jun 2022

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“Glad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ 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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