verb (used with object)

to make glad.

verb (used without object)

Obsolete. to be glad.

Nearby words

  1. glad rags,
  2. glad-hand,
  3. glad-hander,
  4. gladbach-rheydt,
  5. gladbeck,
  6. gladdon,
  7. glade,
  8. gladiate,
  9. gladiator,
  10. gladiatorial

Origin of gladden

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at glad1, -en1

Related formsglad·den·er, nounun·glad·den, verb (used with object)

Synonym study

1. See cheer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gladden

British Dictionary definitions for gladden



to make or become glad and joyful
Derived Formsgladdener, noun

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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."

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