Definitions of gladden

  1. make glad or happy
  2. become glad or happy
  3. To make glad; to cheer; to please; to gratify; to rejoice; to exhilarate.
  4. To be or become glad; to rejoice.
  5. To make happy.
  6. To rejoice; to become happy.
  7. To make glad: to cheer: to animate.
  8. To make, be, or become glad.
  9. To make glad; to cheer.
  10. To become glad; to rejoice.
  11. To cheer; to please; to excite joy in.

Usage examples for gladden

  1. " Mr. Goldencalf, we have an only son-" " We have, Betsey, and it may gladden thee to hear that the physician thinks the boy more likely to live than either of his poor brothers and sisters." – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  2. And as we talked he reached out and took my hand, for I sat near him, and said: Richard, I have heard tidings of you that gladden my heart, and they have done more than Dr. Leiden's physic for this old frame of mine. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  3. It came out in the course of conversation, however, that Edna had spent the last six years in one of the finest schools in Boston- an inmate of her aunt's family; and now she had come back to them to gladden the eyes of those two, who almost set her up as an idol; come back, not spoiled, taking up her daily little homely duties again with real zest. – Divers Women by Pansy and Mrs. C.M. Livingston
  4. Ah, if I thy soul might gladden! – The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs by William Morris
  5. The time will come, the time will not be long in coming, when new ties will be formed about you- ties that will bind you yet more tenderly and strongly to the home you so adorn- the dearest ties that will ever grace and gladden you. – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  6. Nevertheless, his hearty laughter continued to gladden the house; he wearied neither his father nor his mother with the care of his destiny, for he knew that he was already strong enough to fix it himself. – Fruitfulness Fecondite by Emile Zola
  7. A waiter came to the door with a menu card, and Mr. Wallingford ordered, to be ready to serve in three quarters of an hour, at a choice table near the music, a dinner for two that would gladden the heart of any tip- hunter. – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  8. I may pity you, but I cannot sympathize with nor assist you, except by raising a cheap glass of wine to gladden even your cheerless lot. – The Cultivation of The Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines by George Husmann
  9. " Hec, there is something in this canoe, the sight of which will gladden your heart," cried Louis, with a joyful look. – Lost in the Backwoods by Catherine Parr Traill
  10. I take these men with your song in their souls up over the edge of the valley and a long way off beyond, and I am a strong and dusty road up there, and they go with your song in their souls and turn it into music and gladden cities. – The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
  11. Nor did their coming gladden the clerk alone. – Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters by H. Addington Bruce
  12. Feel the mild wings move, and gladden where they glide: Silence, uttering love that all things understand, Bids the quiet fields forget that hard beside Wind is lord and change is sovereign of the strand. – A Midsummer Holiday and Other Poems by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  13. And he sought in his head for some work or other which would gladden him somewhat. – Flemish Legends by Charles de Coster
  14. Why do we wait for a glad to- morrow- Why not gladden the precious Now? – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  15. For on that day the stone was rolled away from the tomb and Jesus came forth from the dead to gladden his disciples. – The Wonder Book of Bible Stories by Compiled by Logan Marshall