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

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

About 7,400 trucks cross the bridge between Detroit and Windsor every day, many laden with auto parts. Tom Krisher, San Antonio Express-News, "Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs," 18 June 2018 But his contract is heavily laden with incentives, including rewards for games started and innings pitched. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers skip Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda as rainout changes rotation," 7 Apr. 2018 Sensor-laden sidewalks aren’t worth giving up our lives to the Alphabet. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 These bad actors include chronic stress, a lack of exercise and restorative sleep, toxins from molds, and fat-laden fast foods. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is still mostly comprised of men, which means testosterone-laden films get the most Oscar buzz. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018 Also in 2016, diamond miners in Namibia found the remains of a gold-laden Portuguese ship that went missing 500 years ago en route to India. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stunning shipwreck discovery: 400-year-old wreck thrills experts," 25 Sep. 2018 And Page Six reported the two had a profanity-laden discussion backstage after. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Whoopi Goldberg Reveals What Really Went Down With Jeanine Pirro on ‘The View’," 20 July 2018 Another senator already facing the onslaught is Doug Jones of Alabama, a rare Southern Democrat who won an improbable special election late last year against scandal-laden Republican Roy Moore. NBC News, "Key senators already facing a campaign-like blitz on Kavanaugh confirmation fight," 10 July 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 How to pronounce laden (audio) \

Kids Definition of laden

: heavily loaded The truck was laden with gravel.

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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