UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtʃɪərfʊl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈtʃɪrfəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(chērfəl)

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glad - happy - cheerful
If you are glad about something, you are pleased about it.
I'm so glad that you passed the exam.
She seemed glad of the chance to leave early.
You can also say that you are happy about something when you are pleased about it.
She was happy that his sister was coming.
If someone is contented and enjoys life, you say that they are happy.
She always seemed such a happy woman.
Be careful
Don't use ‘glad’ with this meaning, and don't use ‘glad’ in front of a noun. Don't say, for example, ‘She always seemed such a glad woman’.
If someone shows that they are happy by smiling and laughing a lot, you say that they are cheerful.
The men stayed cheerful and determined even when things got difficult.
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