Main definitions of glad in US English:

: glad1glad2

glad1

adjectivegladdest, gladder

  • 1predicative Pleased; delighted.

    with infinitive ‘I'm really glad to hear that’
    ‘she was alive, which was something to be glad about’
    • ‘If he does come back I'll be so glad to see him!’
    • ‘I'm very, very glad to hear that this is a good movie.’
    • ‘You'll get no more of those, you'll be glad to hear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is an absolute sweetheart and we're really glad to have her.’
    • ‘How hard, and yet, I'm glad in a way.’
    • ‘He was glad to hear complains about the perfect Sabina.’
    • ‘I am glad to hear that you are actually open to different viewpoints.’
    • ‘I'm always glad to get home, put my feet up and relax.’
    • ‘I'm glad to hear this, and hope it pans out.’
    • ‘Gentlemen, I can't tell you how glad I am to see you.’
    • ‘All right, well, we're certainly glad to hear that, that all of this was in place.’
    • ‘I sighed, not sure if I was glad for the distraction or not.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The thought disgusted me, but at the same time, made me glad.’
    • ‘I am very glad to hear that it won - and great prizes too!’
    • ‘I am glad to hear from you on this important topic.’
    • ‘Dean told me you enjoyed the gift a lot, which makes me glad.’
    • ‘I am so glad people are finding pleasure from what I have accomplished.’
    • ‘I'm glad to hear you say you have some qualms here.’
    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’
      • ‘It is quite unjust and sometimes demoralising to see how fate dishes out its own glad tidings.’
      • ‘Those working for the promotion of adoption too have glad tidings.’
      • ‘Glad tidings await professional ornithologists, amateur bird watchers and naturalists.’
      • ‘They were the bearers to the world of glad tidings and great joy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Glad tidings of comfort and joy or a severe case of bah, humbug?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The premier will woo voters with lots of glad tidings in the election season ahead.’
      • ‘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.’
      pleasing, welcome, happy, joyful, delightful, cheering, heart-warming, heartening, gratifying
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    2. 1.2 Grateful.
      ‘he was glad for the excuse to put it off’
      • ‘She was glad for the darkness so no one could see her.’
      • ‘It's too easy to forget to be glad for the things you do have, and be unhappy about the things you don't.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had run out again, like a coward, and was glad for that.’
      • ‘It made things easier on her, which she was glad for.’
      • ‘It was like floating in lethargy - and he was glad for it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was glad for the escape from the competition, and grateful for the diversion that driving provided him.’
      • ‘It was a nice night, though, and I think everyone was glad for a reason to stay together and talk.’
      • ‘Whatever the source of the arrangement, I'm mostly glad for it.’
      • ‘Privately, she was glad for the excuse to avert her gaze.’
      • ‘Finally, my front door came into view; something I was glad for.’
      • ‘I was suddenly very glad for that expert hearing of his.’
      • ‘He gathered his cloak about him and settled himself on the sheepskin that padded the saddle, and was very glad of that, too.’
      • ‘This is what they want and we should all be glad for being able to please.’
      • ‘Both were delicious, however, I was glad for the extra sauce that I'd chosen to accompany these dishes.’
      • ‘The vast majority said they opposed the ban but now are glad for it.’
      • ‘It seemed like such a long time to wait, but I was very glad of the time for more work.’
      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’
      • ‘And we're glad to welcome him to do that, and we'll be right back after this.’
      • ‘‘And we're always glad to welcome new members as well,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      more than willing, eager, happy, pleased, delighted
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verbgladded, gladding, glads

[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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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//ɡlæd/

Main definitions of glad in US English:

: glad1glad2

glad2

nounPlural glads

informal
  • A gladiolus.

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘You can plant glads here February through May, about 5 inches deep and 4 inches apart in sandy, well-draining soil enriched with compost.’
    • ‘With the mixed glads looking very sad, and the rest of the garden looking like so much mulch, the dandelions moved back in.’
    • ‘Grandiflora hybrids, also called garden glads, are the largest; individual flowers grow as wide as 8 inches with stems 4 to 5 feet tall.’
    • ‘Bulbs that have their own protective tunics, such as glads and crocosmias, can be stored in baskets, boxes, or mesh bags.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The major insect pest of glads is the gladiolus thrip.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the time the glads filled out, the vegetables had been harvested.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

glad

/ɡlad//ɡlæd/