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  ( happier    comparative)   ( happiest    superlative  )
1       adj   Someone who is happy has feelings of pleasure, usually because something nice has happened or because they feel satisfied with their life.  
Marina was a confident, happy child..., I'm just happy to be back running...     
  happily      adv   usu ADV with v  
Albert leaned back happily and lit a cigarette.     
  happiness      n-uncount  
I think mostly she was looking for happiness.     
2       adj   A happy time, place, or relationship is full of happy feelings and pleasant experiences, or has an atmosphere in which people feel happy.  
usu ADJ n  
It had always been a happy place..., We have a very happy marriage.     
3       adj   If you are happyabout a situation or arrangement, you are satisfied with it, for example because you think that something is being done in the right way.  
v-link ADJ, ADJ about/with n/-ing, ADJ that, ADJ to-inf  
If you are not happy about a repair, go back and complain..., He's happy that I deal with it myself...     
4       adj   If you say you are happyto do something, you mean that you are very willing to do it.  
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to-inf  
I'll be happy to answer any questions if there are any...     
  happily      adv   ADV with v   (=gladly)  
If I've caused any offence over something I have written, I will happily apologise.     
5       adj   Happy is used in greetings and other conventional expressions to say that you hope someone will enjoy a special occasion.  
ADJ n  
Happy Birthday!..., Happy Easter!     
    many happy returns  
6       adj   A happy coincidence is one that results in something pleasant or helpful happening.  
ADJ n  
By happy coincidence, Robert met Richard and Julia and discovered they were experiencing similar problems.     

Someone who is happy-go-lucky enjoys life and does not worry about the future.      adj   (=easy going)  
happy hour        ( happy hours    plural  ) In a pub, happy hour is a period when drinks are sold more cheaply than usual to encourage people to come to the pub.      n-var  
If you describe someone as slap-happy, you believe they are irresponsible and careless.      adj  
...a slap-happy kind of cook.     
trigger-happy      , trigger happy  
If you describe someone as trigger-happy, you disapprove of them because they are too ready and willing to use violence and weapons, especially guns.  
INFORMAL      adj  
Some of them are a bit trigger-happy<endash>they'll shoot at anything that moves.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    blessed, blest, blissful, blithe, cheerful, cock-a-hoop, content, contented, delighted, ecstatic, elated, floating on air, glad, gratified, jolly, joyful, joyous, jubilant, merry, on cloud nine     (informal)   overjoyed, over the moon     (informal)   pleased, rapt, sunny, thrilled, walking on air     (informal)  
2    advantageous, appropriate, apt, auspicious, befitting, convenient, enviable, favourable, felicitous, fortunate, lucky, opportune, promising, propitious, satisfactory, seasonable, successful, timely, well-timed  
1    depressed, despondent, discontented, displeased, down in the dumps     (informal)   forlorn, gloomy, joyless, low, melancholy, miserable, mournful, sad, sombre, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy  
2    inapt, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky  

blithe, carefree, casual, devil-may-care, easy-going, heedless, improvident, insouciant, irresponsible, light-hearted, nonchalant, unconcerned, untroubled  
   careworn, cheerless, gloomy, melancholy, morose, sad, serious, unhappy  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

happy medium n.
a satisfactory compromise between two opposed things ; a course of action or state that is between two extremes
Ex: There were solid arguments for both sides and after hours of endless discussions, a happy medium that could satisfy each camp was still to be struck

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to show in an improper or selfish way that you are happy with your own success or another person's failure
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
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