There are 2 definitions of glad in English:


Syllabification: glad
Pronunciation: /glad

adjective (gladder, gladdest)

1Pleased; delighted: she was alive, which was something to be glad about [with infinitive]: I’m really glad to hear that
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  • Working with such great folks, from our authors to the other editors to all the readers, is a true pleasure and I'm glad to have been given the opportunity.
  • He was glad to hear complains about the perfect Sabina.
  • I am so glad people are finding pleasure from what I have accomplished.
pleased, happy, delighted, thrilled, overjoyed, elated, gleeful; gratified, grateful, thankful
informal tickled pink, over the moon
willing, eager, happy, pleased, delighted; ready, prepared
1.1 [attributive] Causing happiness: glad tidings
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  • But when he returned to his room to give his other half the glad tidings, the housekeeper, who was listening to the story, interrupted to tell them that she knew of plenty of empty rooms.
  • In other news, I went back to work for a few hours, sharing the glad tidings with my coworkers in such detail that one of my students asked me if someone had had a baby.
  • About mid-morning the London agent handling the new flat woke up and gave us the glad tidings that the rental will be available from tomorrow afternoon.
pleasing, welcome, happy, joyful, cheering, heartening, gratifying
1.2Grateful: he was glad for the excuse to put it off
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  • The two intrepid cyclists would be very glad of sponsorship.
  • There's a snowball fight in the street out front, and I'm very glad of my flasks of soup.
  • He gathered his cloak about him and settled himself on the sheepskin that padded the saddle, and was very glad of that, too.
1.3 [with infinitive] Willing and eager (to do something): he will be glad to carry your bags
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  • We are glad to help make these decisions the best that can be made.
  • ‘And we're always glad to welcome new members as well,’ he said.
  • And we're glad to welcome him to do that, and we'll be right back after this.

verb (glads, gladding, gladded)

[with object] literary Back to top  
Make happy; please: Albion’s lessening shore could grieve or glad mine eye
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  • We had no choice but to huddle in close physical proximity - a condition, I fear, that gladded my heart considerably more than it did his.


Old English glæd (originally in the sense 'bright, shining'), of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse glathr 'bright, joyous' and German glatt 'smooth', also to Latin glaber 'smooth, hairless'.



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  • May the Gods fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
  • Casey wasn't sure if it was amusement of gladness to see her.
  • Yellow roses, which today signify joy and gladness, traditionally meant a decrease in love, but can mean ‘I love you, but I fear you don't love me.’

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Word of the day glee
Pronunciation: gliː
great delight, especially from one's own good fortune…

There are 2 definitions of glad in English:


Syllabification: glad
Pronunciation: /


A gladiolus.
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  • The major insect pest of glads is the gladiolus thrip.
  • If we northerners are willing to dig our glads and cannas and store them in the basement or garage, why not do the same with Acidanthera, Bletilla and Galtonia?
  • Bulbs that have their own protective tunics, such as glads and crocosmias, can be stored in baskets, boxes, or mesh bags.


1920s: abbreviation.

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