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Definition of glad adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[not before noun] pleased; happy “I passed the test!” “I'm so glad (for you).” She was glad when the meeting was over. glad about something “He doesn't need the pills any more.” “I'm glad about that.” glad to know, hear, see… I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. glad (that)… I'm glad (that) you're feeling better. He was glad he'd come. I'm so glad (that) you're safe! glad to do something I'm glad to meet you. I've heard a lot about you. I've never been so glad to see anyone in my life! He talked so much that they were really glad to see him go.
  2. 2grateful for something glad for something She was very glad for her warm coat in the biting wind. I'd be glad for your help. glad if… I'd be glad if you could help me.
  3. 3glad to do something very willing to do something I'd be glad to lend you the money. If you'd like me to help you, I'd be only too glad to.
  4. 4[only before noun] (old-fashioned) bringing joy; full of joy glad news/tidings They greeted each other with glad cries.
  5. Idioms
    I'm glad to say (that…) (informal)
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    used when you are commenting on a situation and saying that you are happy about it Most teachers, I'm glad to say, take their jobs very seriously. Thesaurusgladhappy pleased delighted proud relieved thrilledThese words all describe people feeling happy about something that has happened or is going to happen.glad [not usually before noun] happy about something or grateful for it:He was glad that she had won. She was glad when the meeting was over.happy pleased about something nice that you have to do or something that has happened to someone:We are happy to announce the winner of our talent contest.pleased [not before noun] (somewhat formal) happy about something that has happened or something that you have to do:She was pleased with her exam results. You're coming? I'm so pleased.glad, happy, or pleased?Feeling pleased can suggest that you have judged someone or something and approve of them. Feeling glad can be more about feeling grateful for something. You cannot be “glad with someone”:The boss should be glad with you.Happy can mean glad, pleased, or satisfied.delighted very pleased about something; very happy to do something; showing your delight:I'm delighted with the progress you've made. Delighted is often used to accept an invitation:“Can you stay for dinner?” “I'd be delighted (to).”proud pleased and satisfied about something that you own, have done, or are connected with:proud parents He was proud of himself for not giving up.relieved feeling happy because something unpleasant has stopped or has not happened; showing this:You'll be relieved to know that your jobs are safe.thrilled [not before noun] extremely pleased and excited about something:I was thrilled to be invited.delighted or thrilled?Thrilled may express a stronger feeling than delighted, but delighted can be made stronger with absolutely, more than, or only too. Thrilled can be made negative and ironic with not exactly or less than:She was not exactly thrilled at the prospect of babysitting her niece.Patterns glad/happy/pleased/delighted/relieved/thrilled about something pleased/delighted/relieved/thrilled at something glad/happy/pleased/delighted/thrilled for somebody glad/happy/pleased/delighted/proud/relieved/thrilled that…/to see/to hear/to find/to know… very glad/happy/pleased/proud/relieved absolutely delighted/thrilled
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: glad

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