gladden

To gladden is to make someone happy by delighting them or cheering them up. It will gladden your heart to finally find your lost dog.

The verb gladden means "to make glad," from the Old English gl├Žd, "bright, shining, gleaming" and also "joyous." So when something gladdens you, like running into your beloved kindergarten teacher, it brightens your whole day. Before the early 14th century, people used the word glad as a verb instead, as in: "It glads my ears to hear such beautiful music."

Definitions of gladden
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v make glad or happy

Synonyms:
joy
Antonyms:
sadden
make unhappy
Types:
overjoy
cause to feel extremely joyful or happy

v become glad or happy

Antonyms:
sadden
come to feel sad
Type of:
joy, rejoice
feel happiness or joy

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