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[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 gladness

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 gladness
n.

Old English glædnes; see glad + -ness.

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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