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Definition of proud adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (prouder, proudest)
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  1. 1feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with proud parents the proud owner of a new car proud of somebody/something/yourself Your achievements are something to be proud of. He was proud of himself for not giving up. proud to be/have something I feel very proud to be a part of the team. proud that… She was proud that her daughter had so much talent. 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
  2. 2[only before noun] causing someone to feel pride This is the proudest moment of my life. It was a proud day in the nation's history The car had been his proudest possession.
  3. feeling too important
  4. 3(disapproving) feeling that you are better and more important than other people synonym arrogant She was too proud to admit she could be wrong.
  5. having self-respect
  6. 4having respect for yourself and not wanting to lose the respect of others They were a proud and independent people. Don't be too proud to ask for help.
  7. beautiful/tall
  8. 5(literary) beautiful, tall, and impressive The sunflowers stretched tall and proud to the sun. see also pride
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