lad·​en | \ˈlā-dᵊn \

Definition of laden 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: carrying a load or burden


ladened; ladening\ˈlād-​niŋ, ˈlā-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of laden (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: lade heavily ladened with equipment— Isabel M. Lewis

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Synonyms & Antonyms for laden

Synonyms: Verb

burden, encumber, freight, lade, load, lumber, saddle, weight

Antonyms: Verb

disburden, discharge, disencumber, unburden, unlade, unload

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Examples of laden in a Sentence


laden a ship with emergency medical supplies

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Musk announced the settlement in an emoji-laden tweet on Friday. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Tesla clears the air with “farting unicorn” artist after copyright stink," 23 July 2018 Scatter led his flight into a modest descent, to altitudes where the heavily laden B-2s would have more thrust available for maneuvering. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 Their wrangler made the heavily laden pack animals run up the Canyon, then tied them to a railing with no water in the trough. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Incident with horse at Havasupai casts shadow on Arizona tourism," 10 May 2018 Consider the whole natural experience a vacation from your spa- and golf course-laden vacation. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Charleston," 27 Apr. 2018 The heavily laden vessel voyaged to Barbados, resupplied for nine days at sea, then steamed off for the steelyards of Baltimore. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery.," 15 Mar. 2018 Then, looking at tattoo biopsies under the microscope, scientists saw macrophages laden with ink globules, and the story of tattoos became one of the immune system. Steph Yin, New York Times, "The Cells That Eat, Regurgitate and Eat Your Tattoos Again," 6 Mar. 2018 Trucks laden with construction materials clogging up the freeways. Stephen English, star-telegram, "'Top-quality workforce' helps Texas lead the U.S. in business construction, expansion | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 Mar. 2018 But when Aguirre-Rodriguez’s man returned with the drug-laden car, Georgia State troopers intercepted it and confiscated the meth. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Drug trafficker who flooded metro Atlanta with $1.75M of meth per week gets prison time," 1 June 2018

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Leesburg’s only loss was 79-70 against West Oaks, a talent-ladened team that plays outside the FHSAA, on Dec. 2, at the Breast Cancer Awareness Classic at Oak Ridge. Buddy Collings,, "Can Leesburg stretch streak? Can Oak Ridge bounce back? | Basketball News," 9 Feb. 2018 But that context — including who shouts the phrase and who studiously avoids uttering it — has ladened it with pernicious meaning in particular quarters. Max Fisher, New York Times, "Gays, Guns and Jihad: Motives Blur on Closer Scrutiny JUNE 14, 2016," 16 June 2016

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First Known Use of laden


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1514, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laden


see lade


see lade

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The first known use of laden was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of laden

: loaded heavily with something : having or carrying a large amount of something


lad·​en | \ˈlā-dᵊn \

Kids Definition of laden

: heavily loaded The truck was laden with gravel.

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