1 feeling pleasure
appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound

Outwardly the couple appeared happy.

Andrew felt happier than he had been for a long time.

make sb

Money won't make you happy.

keep sb

He went home from time to time, to keep his mother happy.


I can die happy knowing that I have achieved this.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
only too, particularly

We'd be only too happy to accept your invitation.

completely, perfectly

Dad seemed perfectly happy with my explanation.

genuinely, truly

For the first time in her life, she felt truly happy.

far from, not altogether, not at all, not entirely, not exactly, not particularly, not too, not totally

Her boss was not entirely happy about the situation.


I'm just happy to be back home.

amazingly, blissfully, deliriously, ecstatically, ridiculously, strangely, surprisingly
clearly, obviously

I'm not too happy about her attitude.


So you're getting married, I hear. I'm really happy for you!


I was quite happy with the way things went.

2 giving pleasure
be, seem
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
gloriously (esp. BrE), particularly, wonderfully

It had been a wonderfully happy time.

Happy is used with these nouns: ↑accident, ↑association, ↑atmosphere, ↑balance, ↑chance, ↑childhood, ↑choice, ↑coincidence, ↑collaboration, ↑combination, ↑compromise, ↑couple, ↑customer, ↑day, ↑disposition, ↑ending, ↑event, ↑face, ↑family, ↑girl, ↑grin, ↑home, ↑hour, ↑knack, ↑laughter, ↑life, ↑marriage, ↑memory, ↑mood, ↑news, ↑occasion, ↑old age, ↑outcome, ↑pair, ↑people, ↑period, ↑person, ↑relationship, ↑retirement, ↑return, ↑reunion, ↑self, ↑shopper, ↑situation, ↑smile, ↑tear, ↑thought, ↑time, ↑tune, ↑year

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