What does the word gladden mean?

Usage examples for gladden

  1. Sing on you pretty little things, tune your wild Saharan notes, for you gladden my sad heart! – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  2. 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
  3. 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