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



    BrE BrE//praʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//praʊd//
    (prouder, proudest) Happiness, Proud
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  1. 1  feeling 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. see also house-proud 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: Happiness, Proud
  2. 2  [only before noun] causing somebody 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. See related entries: Proud
  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. See related entries: Proud
  5. having self-respect
  6. 4  having 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. See related entries: Proud
  7. beautiful/tall
  8. 5(literary) beautiful, tall and impressive The sunflowers stretched tall and proud to the sun. see also pride
  9. Word Originlate Old English prūt, prūd ‘having a high opinion of one's own worth’, from Old French prud ‘valiant’, based on Latin prodesse ‘be of value’.Extra examples He seemed almost proud of his practical incompetence. He was more than a little proud of himself. He was not vain, but he was quietly proud of his achievements. He was tremendously proud of himself. Londoners have long been perversely proud of a health service that does not serve them well. She was fiercely proud of family traditions and continuity. We are all really proud of you! What has become of this once proud nation? Don’t be too proud to ask for advice. He was too proud now to be seen with his former friends. She’s a very proud woman who refuses to ask for help. Your achievements are something to be proud of.
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