• WordNet 3.6
    • v gladden become glad or happy
    • v gladden make glad or happy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Gladden To be or become glad; to rejoice. "The vast Pacific gladdens with the freight."
    • v. t Gladden To make glad; to cheer; to please; to gratify; to rejoice; to exhilarate. "A secret pleasure gladdened all that saw him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gladden To make glad or joyful; cheer; please.
    • gladden Synonyms To comfort, gratify, delight, rejoice, animate, en-liven
    • gladden To become glad; rejoice.
    • n gladden A glade.
    • n gladden A plant of the iris family, especially Iris fætidissima. See Iris, 8.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Gladden to make glad: to cheer: to animate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Glad (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. glæd; Ger. glatt, smooth, Ice. glaðr, bright, Dan. glad.


In literature:

Washington Gladden, Julia Schayer, Anna Lea Merritt, W.O.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 6, March, 1885" by Various
With arms and vestments friends should each other gladden, those which are in themselves most sightly.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Washington Gladden born 1836.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
Events of this kind made no difference with my father; but every other face in Knowl was gladdened by the removal.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
How they would be gladdened by prize royalty, while their mouths watered at prize beef!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, December 18, 1841" by Various
Thy beams gild the illimitable fields of space, and gladden the farthest verge of the universe.
"The World As I Have Found It" by Mary L. Day Arms
They will gladden thee in the land of thy banishment.
"Stories from the Greek Tragedians" by Alfred Church
He had gladdened his eyes three times with a view of old General Bartholomew.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
The Sun-King was gladdened by his daughter's industry.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
A mass of information to gladden the heart of our steadfast chief.
"With Steyn and De Wet" by Philip Pienaar

In poetry:

Nigh is thy tuneful mate,
Singing with glee;
Hopeful thy tuneful mate,
Hope gladdens thee:
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
Behrisch, let spring's sweet smile
Never gladden thy brow!
Then winter's gloomy tempests
Never will shadow it o'er.
"To My Friend - Ode III" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The star of Charity and Truth,
Of cheerful thoughts and sage,
The lamp to guide my steps in youth
And gladden mine old age!
"Venus. A Reply To Longfellow's "Mars"" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Stars are shining!
Winds are pining!
In the sky and o'er the sea;
Shine forever
Stars! but never
Can the starlight gladden me.
"At Night" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Thy will be done! If o'er us shine
A gladdening and a prosperous sun,
This prayer will make it more divine—
Thy will be done!
"God's Will be Done" by John Bowring
The news reach'd Nassau's Duke — ere earth
Was gladden'd by the lark,
He sent a hundred solders forth
To ransack all his park.
"The Child and the Hind" by Thomas Campbell

In news:

Jonathan Gladden for state House, 22nd District.
Robert Gladden Jr indicted in Perry Hall school shooting.
Robert Gladden Jr ( September 4, 2012 ).
Attorney says Gladden brought gun for defense.
Gadsden City High School sophomore wrestling phenom Hannah Gladden has one goal this summer – the Olympics.
Gadsden City High School wrestler Hannah Gladden (left) applies a choke hold to an opponent on April 28.
The budget recently proposed by Gov Deval L Patrick includes a provision that is unlikely to gladden the hearts of anyone concerned about quality representation for indigent criminal defendants.
This booking photo made available by the Baltimore County Police Department, shows Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr, 15, of Baltimore.
The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High.
Fifteen-year-old Bobby Gladden as seen on his Facebook page.
Milburn/The Hutchinson News) Nickerson Mayor Jim Gladden, left, talks about the decision to eliminate the police department Friday morning with Councilman Skip Russell in the Sunshine Cafe.
Jay Gladden ( September 21, 2012 ).
Kenney Gladden, 27, of Highland, Texas was camping at the Atlantic City Campground when he got into an argument with another camper at about 7 am Gladden allegedly pulled gun on the victim, who wrestled the weapon away and called the police.
Gladden was found in a women's bathroom at the campsite by authorities.
Suspected shooter Robert Gladden Jr charged Tuesday.