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adjective happy pronunciation in British English /ˈhæpi/
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adjectivehappy
comparativehappier
superlativehappiest
 
  1. 1
    feeling pleased and satisfied

    The children seem very happy at school.

    Sarah felt happy for the first time in her life.

    happy about:

    Anna was excited and happy about the baby.

    happy doing something:

    So you’re happy living in London?

    make someone happy:

    Money alone will never make you happy.

    1. a.
      used about enjoyable times, events, experiences etc that make people feel happy

      We wish him a very happy retirement.

      a happy marriage/childhood/life

      a happy ending:

      I do like a film to have a happy ending!

  2. 2
    satisfied that something is good or right, and therefore not worried about it
    happy with:

    Are you happy with this arrangement?

    happy about:

    I’m not very happy about the children being out so late.

    happy that:

    Happy that everything had been finalized, we left.

    happy to do something:

    Her parents were happy to know she’d got a good job.

    keep someone happy:

    Rising profits is the only news that keeps the bosses happy.

    reasonably/perfectly happy:

    Most people were perfectly happy with the decision.

 

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