What does the word gladden mean?

Usage examples for gladden

  1. Hour, however, passed by after hour, and no news of Amos came to gladden the hearts at the mansion; and when darkness settled down, and nothing had been heard of the absent one, a deep gloom pervaded the whole household. – Amos Huntingdon by T.P. Wilson
  2. What had that myopic and taciturn man found in Hilda to gladden a short visit to England between his life on the Orinoco and his intended life at the back of the uncharted Amazons? – Poor Relations by Compton Mackenzie