lad·​en | \ ˈlā-dᵊn How to pronounce laden (audio) \

Definition of laden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: carrying a load or burden


ladened; ladening\ ˈlād-​niŋ How to pronounce laden (audio) , ˈlā-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of laden (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: lade heavily ladened with equipment— Isabel M. Lewis

Synonyms & Antonyms for laden

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of laden in a Sentence

Verb laden a ship with emergency medical supplies
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mental health diagnoses are still heavily laden with deeply entrenched stigma, even though severe clinical disorders are common, and many people recover or manage them successfully. Jessica L. Borelli, Scientific American, 17 June 2022 Industrial logging in Congo is laden with corruption, according to a recent government audit. New York Times, 14 June 2022 Typical salads are laden with fat and calories from the sauce. Bethany Thayer, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 Adjust your sauce: Typical salads are laden with fat and calories from the sauce. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2022 For Selin, everything is laden with possible meaning. Sophie Haigney, The New Republic, 23 May 2022 When fully laden, the massive truck and its payload will tip the scales at 510 metric tons (1.1 million lbs). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 Chancellor Olaf Scholz could hardly have chosen a more heavily laden word to describe the changes wrought by the Russian invasion of Ukraine than Zeitenwende. Peter Kuras, Time, 4 Mar. 2022 Twelve days later, its transmission stabilized and it could be tracked heading back through the Hormuz strait at normal sailing speed, this time fully laden with crude. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, 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, 16 June 2016 See More

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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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24 Jun 2022

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“Laden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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lad·​en | \ ˈlā-dᵊn How to pronounce laden (audio) \

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: heavily loaded The truck was laden with gravel.

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