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: 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 Just 25 miles south of Mbar Toubab, near the village of Koyli Alpha, 50-year-old Dienaba Aka pulls her heavily laden donkey cart to the side of the road. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 Qantas still hasn’t decided on a Boeing or Airbus plane that can fly the route fully laden and without a break. Angus Whitley, Los Angeles Times, "Qantas tests 20-hour nonstop flights to see if passengers can bear it," 22 Aug. 2019 The killings have hit particularly hard in Tlajomulco and Tlaquepaque, two suburbs of Guadalajara where the corpse-laden truck was parked. Fox News, "Mexico fires morgue director in corpse scandal," 18 Sep. 2018 Iwakuma signed with the Mariners after the 2011 season for just a $1.5 million with a heavily incentive-laden contract. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Hisashi Iwakuma ends his tenure with the Mariners and his time in Major League Baseball," 11 Sep. 2018 The first fully laden supertanker sailed from America earlier this month, leaving for China from LOOP’s deep-water facility -- the only one in the U.S. capable of filling some of the industry’s biggest tankers., "Bloomberg," 26 Feb. 2018 Chief among these are concentrates — potent substances heavily laden with the chemical compounds that produce marijuana’s psychoactive effects or, alternatively, are used for medical treatment. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Legal marijuana brings new sales to Pope Scientific of Saukville," 25 Feb. 2018 First-year coach Freddie Kitchens remains under fire after the fifth consecutive road loss dropped the Browns to 6-8, leaving the talent-laden team’s playoff chances at 0.8%, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. Marla Ridenour, USA TODAY, "Browns RB Kareem Hunt: Players took plays off in loss to Cardinals," 16 Dec. 2019 City officials beyond Runkel have recognized the value of blending the energy tax with cash-laden nonprofits like Meyer Memorial Trust., "Political ties may yield taxpayer boost for private housing developers in Portland," 30 July 2019 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,, "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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8 Feb 2020

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“Laden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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