Definition of delighted adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈlaɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlaɪtɪd//
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very pleased a delighted smile delighted to do something I'd be absolutely delighted to come. ‘Can you stay for dinner?’ ‘I’d be delighted (to)!’ delighted that… I was delighted that you could stay. delighted by/at something She was delighted by/at the news of the wedding. delighted with something I was delighted with my presents. Synonymsgladhappy 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 he’d come. She was glad when the meeting was over.happy pleased about something nice that you have to do or something that has happened to somebody:We are happy to announce the engagement of our daughter.pleased [not before noun] happy about something that has happened or something that you have to do:She was very pleased with her exam results. You’re coming? I’m so pleased.glad, happy or pleased?Feeling pleased can suggest that you have judged somebody/​something and approve of them. Feeling glad can be more about feeling grateful for something. You cannot be ‘glad with somebody’: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 at your news. 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 or 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 your jobs are safe.thrilled [not before noun] (rather informal) 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 looking after 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/​hear/​find/​know… very glad/​happy/​pleased/​proud/​relieved absolutely delighted/​thrilled See related entries: HappinessExtra examples He’s really delighted with his new CD player. I’m delighted by your news. Mrs Cartwright said she would be only too delighted to present the prizes. They were highly delighted at the court’s decision. ‘Can you stay for dinner?’ ‘I’d be delighted (to).’
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