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[glad-n] /ˈglæd n/
verb (used with object)
to make glad.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to be glad.
Origin of gladden
1250-1300; Middle English; see glad1, -en1
Related forms
gladdener, noun
ungladden, verb (used with object)
1. See cheer. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gladden
Historical Examples
  • It will gladden my eyes to see the grass growing when spring comes round.'

    Demos George Gissing
  • gladden your souls, ye mistresses, with sense of error bann'd.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus
  • But Herbert Fitzgerald was a son to gladden a father's heart and a mother's eye.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • Reflect that you may gladden and beautify your lives, or embitter them, according as you now act.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Elinor redoubled her loving ways from that time, and strove to cheer and gladden him, but he was almost repellant.

    'Laramie;' Charles King
  • Bearing to the neighboring town, fuel that gladden'd the hearth-stone.

    Man of Uz, and Other Poems Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • Every evening I heard him, but no sight came to gladden my eyes.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • What gladdened her before did not gladden her now, and what had once been a joy was now a sorrow.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • The flowers upon the mountain and the grass in the valley grow and bloom to gladden my sight as well as his.

    The Girl Wanted Nixon Waterman
  • Ah, it was indeed a scene to gladden the heart of the father of one of them!

British Dictionary definitions for gladden


to make or become glad and joyful
Derived Forms
gladdener, noun
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Word Origin and History for gladden

c.1300, "to be glad;" 1550s, "to make glad;" see glad + -en (1). Earlier in both senses was simply glad (v.), from Old English gladian, Mercian gleadian "be glad, make glad."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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