sadden

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English saddenen, equivalent to sad +‎ -en.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsædən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ædən

Verb[edit]

sadden (third-person singular simple present saddens, present participle saddening, simple past and past participle saddened)

  1. (transitive) To make sad or unhappy.
    It saddens me to think that I might have hurt someone.
  2. (intransitive, rare) To become sad or unhappy.
    • 1999, Mary Ann Mitchell, Drawn To The Grave[1]:
      Hyacinth perfume tickled her senses, making her feel giddy, but she saddened when she saw how uncared for the garden was.
  3. (transitive, rare) To darken a color during dyeing.
  4. (transitive) To render heavy or cohesive.
    • 1707, J[ohn] Mortimer, The Whole Art of Husbandry; or, The Way of Managing and Improving of Land. [], 2nd edition, London: [] J[ohn] H[umphreys] for H[enry] Mortlock [], and J[onathan] Robinson [], published 1708, OCLC 13320837:
      Marle's binding and sadning of land being the great Prejudice it doth to Clay-lands.

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Northern Sami[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈsadːden/

Verb[edit]

sadden

  1. first-person singular past indicative of saddit