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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
gladden
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
heart
▪ But there are so many things to gladden the heart which take little time and no money.
▪ It will gladden the hearts of my friends to see you.
▪ This is a heathland course to gladden the heart.
▪ Come with us to enjoy Mount Usher whose lilies, poppies and peonies gladdened the heart of William Robinson.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ It gladdens me to see young people doing volunteer work.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Beth's smile in return gladdened the girl.
▪ But there are so many things to gladden the heart which take little time and no money.
▪ Come with us to enjoy Mount Usher whose lilies, poppies and peonies gladdened the heart of William Robinson.
▪ It will gladden the hearts of my friends to see you.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gladden

Gladden \Glad"den\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gladdened; p. pr. & vb. n. Gladdening.] [See Glad, v. t.] To make glad; to cheer; to please; to gratify; to rejoice; to exhilarate.

A secret pleasure gladdened all that saw him.
--Addison.

Gladden

Gladden \Glad"den\, v. i. To be or become glad; to rejoice.

The vast Pacific gladdens with the freight.
--Wordsworth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
gladden

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

Wiktionary
gladden

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To cause (something) to become more glad. 2 (context intransitive archaic English) To become more glad in one's disposition.

WordNet
gladden
  1. v. make glad or happy [syn: joy] [ant: sadden]

  2. become glad or happy [ant: sadden]

Wikipedia
Gladden

Gladden may mean to bring happiness or to become happier. It may also refer to:

Gladden (name)

Gladden is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:

Usage examples of "gladden".

Romance, The Angel-Playmate, raining down His golden influences On all I saw, and all I dreamed and did, Walked with me arm in arm, Or left me, as one bediademed with straws And bits of glass, to gladden at my heart Who had the gift to seek and feel and find His fiery-hearted presence everywhere.

Greenwood and the Great River, nigh to Loeg Ningloron, the Gladden Fields, for he was heedless and set no guard, deeming that all his foes were overthrown.

The house itself had a nice little garden, gay with geraniums and gladiolus, and bounded by a hedge of sunflowers which would have gladdened the heart of an aesthete.

When the day dawned our hearts were gladdened because Lisbon was no longer in sight, and as we were in need of rest I laid down on a seat, while the count got into a hammock, neither of us troubling to undress.

With many reverences Nama further informed him that the Fairest of all the Lilies pined for him, was grieving at his absence, but was now to be gladdened by the prospect of his speedy return, which tidings the Maharanee had deputed her to convey forthwith to the household of Lehna Singh.

Following the sun a thousand miles toward his setting, their eyes would have been gladdened by the great river flowing unvexed from northern lake to southern sea through a mighty realm that knew no allegiance other than to the government that here had its feeble beginning.

Human hearts to me shall be Viewless violets in the grass, And as I pass, Odours and sweet imagery Will wait on mine and gladden me!

Great significance is given in the Indian mythology to Agni, the god of fire, who burns the sacrifice in honor of the gods, who conveys the offerings and prayers of men to gods and their gifts to men, who gladdens the domestic hearth, lights up the darkness of night, drives away the evil spirits, the Ashuras and Rakshas, and purges of evil the souls of men.

Shield Thy trusted servants from the evils of self and passion, protect them with the watchful eye of Thy loving-kindness from all rancor, hate and envy, shelter them in the impregnable stronghold of Thy care and, safe from the darts of doubtfulness, make them the manifestations of Thy glorious signs, illumine their faces with the effulgent rays shed from the Dayspring of Thy divine unity, gladden their hearts with the verses revealed from Thy holy kingdom, strengthen their loins by Thine all-swaying power that cometh from Thy realm of glory.

They told pleasant tales, and sang their sweetest songs to cheer and gladden, while the dim cells grew bright with the sunlight, and fragrant with the flowers the loving Elves had brought, and by their gentle teachings those sad, despairing hearts were filled with patient hope and earnest longing to win back their lost innocence and joy.

When your heart is filled with loving thoughts, when some kindly deed has been done, some duty well performed, then from the flower there will arise the sweetest, softest fragrance, to reward and gladden you.

She was in my torts class last fall and has spent most of her time since on her twin loves: our legal-aid clinic, where she helps welfare mothers avoid eviction, and her collection of statistics, by which she hopes to show that the white race is headed for self-destruction, a prospect that gladdens her.

What might have gladdened and elevated poor suffering and blinded humanity as a wonderful masterpiece of art, like the book of Hiob, or the Iliad, or Prometheus Vinctus, or the Athene of the Parthenon, or the Zeus of Olympus, showing how man in the creations of the artist rises highest above personal pettiness and weakness, how the genius in fiction creates the highest perfection, such as has never been seen in flesh and blood, has now, as an invented historical occurrence, driven the whole world to the rudest falsifications of truth and impossible efforts of imitation.

Gorgeous in purple and green, in shadowy blue and flashing gold, it seemed to Malcolm, as if at any moment the ever newborn Anadyomene might lift her shining head from the wandering floor, and float away in her pearly lustre to gladden the regions where the glaciers glide seawards in irresistible silence, there to give birth to the icebergs in tumult and thunderous uproar.

When the day dawned our hearts were gladdened because Lisbon was no longer in sight, and as we were in need of rest I laid down on a seat, while the count got into a hammock, neither of us troubling to undress.