glad

1 [glad]
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:
before 900; Middle English; Old English glæd; cognate with Old Norse glathr bright, glad, Dutch glad, German glatt smooth; akin to Latin glaber smooth

gladly, adverb
gladness, noun


1. elated, gratified, contented. 3. merry, joyous, joyful, cheerful, happy, cheery.


1–3. sad.
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glad1 (ɡlæd)
 
adj (foll by to) (foll by of) , gladder, gladdest
1.  happy and pleased; contented
2.  causing happiness or contentment
3.  very willing: he was glad to help
4.  happy or pleased to have: glad of her help
 
vb , gladder, gladdest, glads, gladding, gladded
5.  an archaic word for gladden
 
[Old English glǣd; related to Old Norse glathr, Old High German glat smooth, shining, Latin glaber smooth, Lithuanian glodùs fitting closely]
 
'gladly1
 
adv
 
'gladness1
 
n

glad2 (ɡlæd)
 
n
informal short for gladiolus Also called (Austral): gladdie

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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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Example sentences
All of sudden the solar science is gladly embraced, models and all.
On a broader question, it's really interesting to me that some people will
  gladly ride light rail or streetcars, but not buses.
With little help from us, movie world will gladly follow the changes in the
  broader society if that means ticket sales.
Some people prefer a life of puffed up flummery, gladly ignoring the harm it
  inflicts on others.
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