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 ladening (audio) , 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

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of laden in a Sentence

Verb laden a ship with emergency medical supplies
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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


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

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4 Apr 2020

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“Laden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce laden (audio) \

Kids Definition of laden

: heavily loaded The truck was laden with gravel.

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