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glad1

[glad] /glæd/
adjective, gladder, gladdest.
1.
feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased:
glad about the good news; glad that you are here.
2.
accompanied by or causing joy or pleasure:
a glad occasion; glad tidings.
3.
characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure, as looks or utterances.
4.
very willing:
I'll be glad to give him your message.
verb (used with object), gladded, gladding.
5.
Archaic. to make glad.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English glæd; cognate with Old Norse glathr bright, glad, Dutch glad, German glatt smooth; akin to Latin glaber smooth
Related forms
gladly, adverb
gladness, noun
Synonyms
1. elated, gratified, contented. 3. merry, joyous, joyful, cheerful, happy, cheery.
Antonyms
1–3. sad.

glad2

[glad] /glæd/
noun
1.
gladiolus (def 1).
Origin
1920-25; by shortening
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Examples for glad
  • But this week marine biologists received some glad tidings, which may help to preserve a few more such places.
  • Official newspapers were probably glad not to have to second-guess censors' concerns about that kind of imagery.
  • Plus, they have other cool talents and interests that make us glad to have them as our new friends.
  • glad to be here in happier times, begin your saunter downhill to the harbor.
  • We felt glad to be sharing our table with a kindred spirit.
  • Others would be glad to do nothing, but have to cope with a collapse in demand partly caused by fear.
  • glad a few are learning how to take care of the land now.
  • glad to see these familiar guys are getting publicity.
  • Im glad that technology these days is able to help improve the world into a better place rather than abusing it.
  • glad that happened though rather than going through the criminal system.
British Dictionary definitions for glad

glad1

/ɡlæd/
adjective gladder, gladdest
1.
happy and pleased; contented
2.
causing happiness or contentment
3.
(postpositive) foll by to. very willing he was glad to help
4.
(postpositive) foll by of. happy or pleased to have glad of her help
verb glads, gladding, gladded
5.
an archaic word for gladden
Derived Forms
gladly, adverb
gladness, noun
Word Origin
Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely

glad2

/ɡlæd/
noun
1.
(informal) short for gladiolus Also called (Austral) gladdie (ˈɡlædɪ)
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Word Origin and History for glad
adj.

Old English glæd "bright, shining, joyous," from Proto-Germanic *glada- (cf. Old Norse glaðr "smooth, bright, glad," Danish glad "glad, joyful," Old Saxon gladmod "glad," Old Frisian gled "smooth," Dutch glad "slippery," German glatt "smooth"), from PIE *ghel- "to shine" (see glass). The modern sense is much weakened. Slang glad rags "one's best clothes" first recorded 1902.

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