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Definition of pleased adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1feeling happy about something pleased (with somebody/something) She was very pleased with her exam results. The boss should be pleased with you. pleased (that…) I'm really pleased that you're feeling better. pleased (to hear, know, etc. something) I'm pleased to hear about your news. You're coming? I'm so pleased. He did not look too pleased when I told him. 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. 2pleased to do something happy or willing to do something We are always pleased to be able to help. I was pleased to hear you've been promoted. Aren't you pleased to see me? Pleased to meet you (= said when you are introduced to someone). Thank you for your invitation, which I am very pleased to accept. I am pleased to inform you that the book you ordered has arrived.
  3. Idioms
    far from pleased, none too pleased
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    not pleased; angry She was none too pleased at having to do it all again.
    only too pleased (to do something)
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    very happy or willing to do something We're only too pleased to help.
    (as) pleased as Punch
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    very pleased Now he's passed his driving test, he's as pleased as Punch.
    pleased with yourself (often disapproving)
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    too proud of something you have done He was looking very pleased with himself.
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