What is the difference between Glad and Gladden?

The difference between glad and gladden

is that “glad” is pleased, happy, gratified and “gladden” is to cause to become more glad.




  • Pleased, happy, gratified.
  • (obsolete) Having a bright or cheerful appearance; expressing or exciting joy; producing gladness.


  • sorrowful
  • sad
  • downcast
  • peevish
  • cranky
  • heavy
  • depressed


  • I’m glad the rain has finally stopped.
  • A wise son maketh a glad father.
  • Glad am I that your highness is so arm’d / To bear the tidings of calamity.
  • “I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. I never did that. I always made up my mind I’d be a big man some day, and—I’m glad I didn’t steal.”
  • Her conversation / More glad to me than to a miser money is.
  • Glad Eevening & glad morn crownd the fourth day.


  • (archaic, transitive) To make glad


  • Synonyms: cheer up, gladden, exhilarate
  • that which gladded all the warrior train
  • Each drinks the juice that glads the heart of man.
  • God that glads the lover’s heart


  • (transitive) To cause (something) to become more glad.
  • (intransitive, archaic) To become more glad in one’s disposition.


  • cheer, cheer up, gratify, please


  • A balmy night! and tho’ the stars be dim, / Yet let us think upon the vernal showers / That gladden the green earth, and we shall find / A pleasure in the dimness of the stars.
  • Her body was bent by age; her limbs trembled with palsy; her face, distorted into a mumbling leer, resembled more the grotesque shaping of some wild pencil, than the work of Nature’s hand. Alas! How few of Nature’s faces are left alone to gladden us with their beauty!