W1S1 [ˈhæpi] adj comparative happier superlative happiest
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: hap 'chance, luck' (13-20 centuries), from Old Norse happ]
1.) having feelings of pleasure, for example because something good has happened to you or you are very satisfied with your life
≠ ↑sad
It's a lovely house and we've been very happy here.
I've never felt happier in my life.
He was a happy child who rarely cried.
the happy faces of the children
I loved her and thought I could make her happy .
happy to do sth
John will be so happy to see you.
happy (that)
I'm happy that everything worked out well in the end.
be/feel happy for sb
What a wonderful opportunity! I'm so happy for you.
happy in your work/job etc
happy to be doing sth
We're very happy to be taking part.
the happy couple
(=a couple that have just got married or will soon get married)
2.) [usually before noun]
a happy time, relationship, event etc is a good one that makes you feel happy
This has been the happiest day of my life.
They had a very happy marriage.
I have lots of happy memories of the place.
The story has a happy ending , however.
When's the happy event (=the birth of your child) ?
3.) [not before noun]
satisfied or not worried
happy with
On the whole, I'm happy with the way I look.
People living nearby are not happy with the decision.
happy about
Mom wasn't happy about Tess going off travelling on her own.
I pretended to agree with her, just to keep her happy .
happy doing sth
I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing.
4.) be happy to do sth
to be very willing to do something, especially to help someone
Our team will be happy to help.
I'd be happy to take you in my car.
5.) Happy Birthday/New Year/Christmas etc
used to wish someone happiness on a special occasion
Happy Birthday, Michael!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
6.) many happy returns
used to wish someone happiness on their ↑birthday
7.) [only before noun]
fortunate or lucky
By a happy coincidence , James was also in town that weekend.
I'm in the happy position of not having to work.
8.) a happy medium (between sth and sth)
a way of doing something that is not extreme but is somewhere between two possible choices
I always tried to strike a happy medium between having a home that looked like a bomb had hit it and becoming obsessively tidy.
9.) [only before noun] formal
His choice of words was not a very happy one.
WORD FOCUS: words meaning happy
cheerful behaving in a way that shows you are happy
in a good mood happy at a particular time, and therefore friendly to other people
pleased/glad happy because something good has happened
delighted/thrilled/overjoyed/ecstatic very happy because something good has happened
contented happy with your life
optimistic/positive believing that good things will happen in the future
gleeful/gloating smug happy because something bad has happened to someone else

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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