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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for gladding

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 gladding
glad
O.E. glæd "bright, shining, joyous," from P.Gmc. *glathaz (cf. O.N. glaðr "smooth, bright, glad," O.Fris. gled, Du. glad "slippery," Ger. glatt "smooth"), from PIE *ghledho- "bright, smooth" (cf. L. glaber "smooth, bald," O.C.S. gladuku, Lith. glodus "smooth"), from PIE base *ghlei- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see gleam). The modern sense is much weaker. Gladden is O.E. gladian "be glad, make glad" + -en. Slang glad rags "one's best clothes" first recorded 1902. Glad hand "the hand of welcome" (often used cynically) is from 1895.
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Idioms and Phrases with gladding
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