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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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  • 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 Charles Dickens
  • 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 Fredrika Bremer
  • Bearing to the neighboring town, fuel that gladden'd the hearth-stone.

    Man of Uz, and Other Poems Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • Had he not said that she was made to gladden the heart of those on whom her glance did rest?

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • 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
  • Every evening I heard him, but no sight came to gladden my eyes.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • Ah, it was indeed a scene to gladden the heart of the father of one of them!

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

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
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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