\ 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

glad

verb
gladded; gladding

Definition of glad (Entry 2 of 3)

archaic

glad

noun

Definition of glad (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from glad

Adjective

gladly adverb
gladness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for glad

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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 Banks, which sold the bulk of PPI policies, will be even gladder to see the back of Arnie’s bonce. The Economist, "PPI was a bonanza—for banks, and then for consumers," 29 Aug. 2019 Weaver was glad to hear praise for Carroll from their colleagues in other counties. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll commissioners push transportation needs, discuss vet services, express concern about Kirwan proposals," 26 Aug. 2019 Maybe unavoidably, too, Douglas lacks some of the deeper emotional impact of Nanette, a fact Gadsby is glad to acknowledge up front. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Hannah Gadsby brings her shrewd discomfort comedy to new show Douglas," 26 July 2019 Street-is-neat types will be glad to hear that the Silverado RST with four-wheel drive will also offer the 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed transmission as an option. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Toughens Up with New Diesel and Expanded V-8 Availability," 22 May 2019 Hugo’s not a glad-hander, slap-‘em-on-the-back type of guy. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Gibsons Confidential: Inside tales from the famous restaurant are in a book you can't yet read," 12 July 2018 In general, Bodnia is just glad Konstantin is still part of the Killing Eve story. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Killing Eve Sneak Peek: Konstantin Tells Villanelle to "Show Eve Polastri What She's Missing"," 26 Apr. 2019 There aren't many pirates left, but back in the 16th century, when Barbarossa was ripping around the Mediterranean, visitors were probably glad for the fortifications. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "8 European Beach Vacations That’ll Make Your Instagram Friends Jealous," 28 June 2018 The Audi e-tron is the most conventional, and be glad that its clever side-view cameras aren't allowed here in the US. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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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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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