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glad 1

adj. glad·der, glad·dest
a. Experiencing or exhibiting joy and pleasure.
b. Appreciative: was glad to be home.
2. Providing joy and pleasure: a glad occasion.
3. Very willing; pleased: glad to help.
tr. & intr.v. glad·ded, glad·ding, glads Archaic
To gladden.

[Middle English, from Old English glæd; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

glad′ly adv.
glad′ness n.
Synonyms: glad1, happy, cheerful, lighthearted, joyful, joyous
These adjectives mean being in or showing good spirits. Glad often refers to the feeling that results from the gratification of a wish or from satisfaction with immediate circumstances: "They were smiling, lifting their hands to me, glad to be together, glad to see me" (Wendell Berry).
Happy applies to a feeling of pleasure, satisfaction, or joy: "Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so" (John Stuart Mill).
Cheerful suggests characteristic good spirits: a cheerful volunteer.
Lighthearted stresses the absence of care: "We knew that things were hard for our Bohemian neighbors, but the two girls were lighthearted and never complained" (Willa Cather).
Joyful and joyous suggest lively, often exultant happiness: a joyful heart; joyous laughter.

glad 2

n. Botany
A gladiolus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gladness - experiencing joy and pleasure
happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being


A condition of supreme well-being and good spirits:
فَرَح، بَهْجَه


[ˈglædnɪs] Nalegría f, gozo m (liter)


[ˈglædnɪs] njoie fglad tidings npl (= good news) → bonne nouvelle


n (= joy)Freude f; (= relief)Erleichterung f; an occasion of great gladnessein sehr freudiger Anlass


[ˈglædnɪs] ncontentezza, felicità


(glӕd) adjective
pleased or happy. I'm very glad that you are here; the glad smiles of the children.
ˈgladden verb
to make glad. The news gladdened her.
ˈgladly adverb
I'd gladly help but I have too many other things to do.
ˈgladness noun
glad rags
a person's best clothes, worn for special occasions. I'll get my glad rags on for the party.
References in classic literature ?
King of Lochlin, let thy face brighten with gladness, and thine ear delight in the harp.
Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to me, are among the earliest sensations I can remember.
Out of this revelation, part by part, at last came out the four acts of the gladness, and the one long, and as yet uncatastrophied fifth act of the grief of his life's drama.
It is Capital and Labour over again, for in literature also we reap in gladness what others have sown in tears.
And when she came home she drank, in her gladness of heart, a draught of wine, and as wine excites a desire to eat, she tasted the best of whatever she was cooking until she was satisfied, and said: 'The cook must know what the food is like.
It was enough to break a person all up, to see Cathy's radiant face shining out through her gladness and tears.
She turned from the window with gladness in her eyes, for the wife's chief dread was stilled.
The effect of these words was not quite all gladness.
After the song of the wanderer and shadow, the cave became all at once full of noise and laughter: and since the assembled guests all spake simultaneously, and even the ass, encouraged thereby, no longer remained silent, a little aversion and scorn for his visitors came over Zarathustra, although he rejoiced at their gladness.
She remembered the love for her of the man she loved, and once more all was gladness in her soul, and she lay on the pillow, smiling with happiness.
Tears are signs of gladness as well as grief; but those which coursed down Rose's face, as she sat pensively at the window, still gazing in the same direction, seemed to tell more of sorrow than of joy.
And I approached her, a greater gladness in my heart than I had felt since the moment that I knew the Coldwater must be swept beyond thirty.