Main definitions of glad in English

: glad1glad2

glad1

adjective

  • 1predicative Feeling pleasure or happiness.

    with infinitive ‘I'm really glad to hear that’
    with clause ‘he was glad that Phyllis was gone’
    • ‘I'm glad to hear that Mark could barely see because of the ‘solid wall of backs,’ because that means there were a lot of people there.’
    • ‘I'm very, very glad to hear that this is a good movie.’
    • ‘I'm glad to hear you say you have some qualms here.’
    • ‘I sighed, not sure if I was glad for the distraction or not.’
    • ‘If he does come back I'll be so glad to see him!’
    • ‘The thought disgusted me, but at the same time, made me glad.’
    • ‘How hard, and yet, I'm glad in a way.’
    • ‘Gentlemen, I can't tell you how glad I am to see you.’
    • ‘I'm always glad to get home, put my feet up and relax.’
    • ‘He was glad to hear complains about the perfect Sabina.’
    • ‘I am glad to hear from you on this important topic.’
    • ‘I am very glad to hear that it won - and great prizes too!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'll get no more of those, you'll be glad to hear.’
    • ‘She is an absolute sweetheart and we're really glad to have her.’
    • ‘All right, well, we're certainly glad to hear that, that all of this was in place.’
    • ‘I am so glad people are finding pleasure from what I have accomplished.’
    • ‘Dean told me you enjoyed the gift a lot, which makes me glad.’
    • ‘I am glad to hear that you are actually open to different viewpoints.’
    • ‘I'm glad to hear this, and hope it pans out.’
    pleased, happy, delighted, as pleased as punch, well pleased, thrilled, overjoyed, cock-a-hoop, elated, like a dog with two tails, like a child with a new toy, gleeful
    more than willing, eager, happy, pleased, delighted
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    1. 1.1attributive Causing happiness.
      ‘glad tidings’
      • ‘To be named top dog among 140 regions from all corners of the continent is no mean feat, and we should all rejoice at such glad tidings.’
      • ‘The premier will woo voters with lots of glad tidings in the election season ahead.’
      • ‘It is quite unjust and sometimes demoralising to see how fate dishes out its own glad tidings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were the bearers to the world of glad tidings and great joy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those working for the promotion of adoption too have glad tidings.’
      • ‘Glad tidings of comfort and joy or a severe case of bah, humbug?’
      • ‘Glad tidings await professional ornithologists, amateur bird watchers and naturalists.’
      pleasing, welcome, happy, joyful, delightful, cheering, heart-warming, heartening, gratifying
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    2. 1.2 Grateful.
      ‘she was glad of Hank's lively company’
      • ‘The vast majority said they opposed the ban but now are glad for it.’
      • ‘Whatever the source of the arrangement, I'm mostly glad for it.’
      • ‘He was glad for the escape from the competition, and grateful for the diversion that driving provided him.’
      • ‘It made things easier on her, which she was glad for.’
      • ‘This is what they want and we should all be glad for being able to please.’
      • ‘She had run out again, like a coward, and was glad for that.’
      • ‘Finally, my front door came into view; something I was glad for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a nice night, though, and I think everyone was glad for a reason to stay together and talk.’
      • ‘It's too easy to forget to be glad for the things you do have, and be unhappy about the things you don't.’
      • ‘Both were delicious, however, I was glad for the extra sauce that I'd chosen to accompany these dishes.’
      • ‘It seemed like such a long time to wait, but I was very glad of the time for more work.’
      • ‘She was glad for the darkness so no one could see her.’
      • ‘Privately, she was glad for the excuse to avert her gaze.’
      • ‘He walked out of her office, and she was glad for that.’
      • ‘In fact, I was quite glad of her presence, for had she not been there, some of the young men just may have been looking at me.’
      • ‘It was like floating in lethargy - and he was glad for it.’
      • ‘I was suddenly very glad for that expert hearing of his.’
      pleased, happy, delighted, as pleased as punch, well pleased, thrilled, overjoyed, cock-a-hoop, elated, like a dog with two tails, like a child with a new toy, gleeful
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    3. 1.3with infinitive Willing and eager (to do something)
      ‘he will be glad to carry your bags’
      • ‘Let me assure you that her hometown was glad to welcome her back.’
      • ‘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.’
      more than willing, eager, happy, pleased, delighted
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verb

[with object]literary
  • Make happy; please.

    ‘Albion's lessening shore could grieve or glad mine eye’
    • ‘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.’
    delight, please, make happy, make someone feel good, give someone pleasure, exhilarate, elate
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Phrases

  • give someone the glad eye

    • dated, informal Look at someone in a flirtatious way.

      • ‘Being somewhat drunk yourself, you give her the glad eye but it is met with a steely glare.’
      • ‘There appeared a large French Poodle - a lady dog - evidently an old flame: the Alsatian paused and the poodle gave him the glad eye.’
      • ‘Well, the smooching was only between Karen and I, Daniel was on his own although the waitress gave him the glad eye!’
      • ‘The passionate aeromodeller is going to stretch the Roller's legs this weekend, but what's going to really give him the glad eye is seeing it parked next to his rare 1937 R-R Phantom.’
      ogle, look lasciviously, look suggestively, give sly looks to, eye, watch, stare, goggle
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Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

glad

/ɡlad/

Main definitions of glad in English

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glad2

(also gladdie)

noun

informal
  • A gladiolus.

    • ‘Bulbs that have their own protective tunics, such as glads and crocosmias, can be stored in baskets, boxes, or mesh bags.’
    • ‘While it is interesting to know there are probably 300 different species of glads with new hybrids appearing every year, most casual growers purchase bulbs based on colour and size.’
    • ‘Grandiflora hybrids, also called garden glads, are the largest; individual flowers grow as wide as 8 inches with stems 4 to 5 feet tall.’
    • ‘The major insect pest of glads is the gladiolus thrip.’
    • ‘You can plant glads here February through May, about 5 inches deep and 4 inches apart in sandy, well-draining soil enriched with compost.’
    • ‘Fertilizing of glads is advantageous, as this produces a healthy flower stalk and gives the corm the needed strength to build enough energy to produce another flower the following year.’
    • ‘With the mixed glads looking very sad, and the rest of the garden looking like so much mulch, the dandelions moved back in.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘By the time the glads filled out, the vegetables had been harvested.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

glad

/ɡlad/