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



    BrE BrE//ɡlæd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡlæd//
    jump to other results
  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 the back of him (= when he left). See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2grateful for something glad of something She was very glad of her warm coat in the biting wind. I'd be glad of your help. glad if… I'd be glad if you could help me. 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
  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. Word OriginOld English glæd (originally in the sense ‘bright, shining’), of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse glathr ‘bright, joyous’ and German glatt ‘smooth’, also to Latin glaber ‘smooth, hairless’.Extra examples I was quite glad of his help. I’m just glad it’s all over. She was only too glad to escape them all. She was secretly glad of his company. The smell of the sea air makes you glad to be alive! We’re glad for you both. What have I got to be glad about? ‘He doesn’t need the pills any more.’ ‘I’m glad about that.’ He was glad he’d come. I’d be glad if you could help me. She’s absolutely fine, I’m glad to say.Idioms
    I’m glad to say (that…)
    jump to other results
    (informal) 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: glad