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gladden (v.)

c. 1300, "to be glad;" 1550s, "to make glad;" see glad (adj.) + -en (1). Earlier in both senses was simply glad (v.), from Old English gladian, Mercian gleadian "be glad; make glad." Related: Gladdened; gladdening.

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Definitions of gladden

gladden (v.)
make glad or happy;
Synonyms: joy
gladden (v.)
become glad or happy;
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