Glad is how you feel when you hear that something nice happened to someone you care about, or when you learn you got an A on that test you studied so hard for. It means happy or pleased.

Glad doesn't quite mean jumping for joy — it's more a state of contentment and pleasure. You're glad to hear from an old friend who calls you out of the blue and glad to meet your friendly new neighbors. Glad can also mean "eagerly willing" so you might say, "I'll be glad to taste test those brownies for you!" The Old English source is glæd, "gleaming, joyous, or gracious."

Definitions of glad
  1. adjective
    showing or causing joy and pleasure; especially made happy
    glad you are here”
    glad that they succeeded”
    “gave a glad shout”
    “a glad smile”
    “heard the glad news”
    “a glad occasion”
    being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits
    experiencing or expressing gladness or joy
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    experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness
    tinged with sadness
    doleful, mournful
    filled with or evoking sadness
    melancholic, melancholy
    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
    pensive, wistful
    showing pensive sadness
    tragic, tragical
    very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction
    tragicomic, tragicomical
    manifesting both tragic and comic aspects
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  2. adjective
    feeling happy appreciation
    glad of the fire's warmth”
    grateful, thankful
    feeling or showing gratitude
  3. adjective
    eagerly disposed to act or to be of service
    glad to help”
    synonyms: happy
    disposed or inclined toward
  4. adjective
    cheerful and bright
    “a glad May morning”
    synonyms: beaming
    being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits
  5. noun
    any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers; widely cultivated
    synonyms: gladiola, gladiolus, sword lily
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    type of:
    iridaceous plant
    any bulbous plant of the family Iridaceae
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