- to make glad.
- Obsolete. to be glad.
Origin of gladden
1. See cheer.
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Examples from the Web for gladden
And still more of this belated spring will gladden the eye in the florist's window.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It was she whom all this honour and distinction were to gladden; the joy and profit were for her.Barnaby Rudge
Gladden your souls, ye mistresses, with sense of error bann'd.The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus
Caius Valerius Catullus
Reflect that you may gladden and beautify your lives, or embitter them, according as you now act.The Home
Bearing to the neighboring town, fuel that gladden'd the hearth-stone.Man of Uz, and Other Poems
Lydia Howard Sigourney
- to make or become glad and joyful
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Word Origin and History for gladden
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