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[glad-n] /ˈglæd n/
verb (used with object)
to make glad.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to be glad.
Origin of gladden
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at glad1, -en1
Related forms
gladdener, noun
ungladden, verb (used with object)
Synonym Study
1. See cheer. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gladden
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  • It will gladden my eyes to see the grass growing when spring comes round.'

    Demos George Gissing
  • What gladdened her before did not gladden her now, and what had once been a joy was now a sorrow.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • But Herbert Fitzgerald was a son to gladden a father's heart and a mother's eye.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • Ah, it was indeed a scene to gladden the heart of the father of one of them!

  • Elinor redoubled her loving ways from that time, and strove to cheer and gladden him, but he was almost repellant.

    'Laramie;' Charles King
  • You were made to gladden some woman's eye and fill her heart.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • Every evening I heard him, but no sight came to gladden my eyes.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • They will gladden their hearts, for the perfume speaks of love!

  • The flowers upon the mountain and the grass in the valley grow and bloom to gladden my sight as well as his.

    The Girl Wanted Nixon Waterman
  • His own feet never bore him back to gladden his wife and parents.

    The Iliad Homer
British Dictionary definitions for gladden


to make or become glad and joyful
Derived Forms
gladdener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gladden

c.1300, "to be glad;" 1550s, "to make glad;" see glad + -en (1). Earlier in both senses was simply glad (v.), from Old English gladian, Mercian gleadian "be glad, make glad."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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