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gladden

[glad-n] /ˈglæd n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make glad.
verb (used without object)
2.
Obsolete. to be glad.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see glad1, -en1
Related forms
gladdener, noun
ungladden, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. See cheer.
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  • IT was a sight to gladden the hearts of the standard-bearers of civilized behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for gladden

gladden

/ˈɡlædən/
verb
1.
to make or become glad and joyful
Derived Forms
gladdener, noun
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Word Origin and History for gladden
v.

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."

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